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Pol Pot: The History of a Nightmare

Pol Pot: The History of a Nightmare

Author(s): Philip Short

Location(s): Cambodia

Genre(s): Biography, Historical

Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century



THe Khmer Rough came into being in the 1950s, becoming infamous for ruthlessness and guerrilla tactics. During the height of power they are thought to have murder 2 millioin people in the late 1970s. 1979 they were forced out of power by the Vietnamese, who invaded Cambodia, supported by China and Thailand. From the 1990s their power waned and disappeared when Pol Pot died in the late 1990s.

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‘Philip Short has done a spectacularly efficient job of describing what happened, and how’ (Economist)

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