About the Author
Bill Burke was born in 1943 and received both his BFA and MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited in solo and gropu exhibitions around the world, and his workds are in the collections of the International Center of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Center of Creative Photography, Tucson; among others. Burke has received numerous honors, including five National Endowment for the Arts grants, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Burke lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts; Bernard Fall (Essay) was a French journalist and historian. He died in 1967; Prince Sirik Matak (Letter), Sihanouk's brother and Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1970-1975, was executed in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge. The letter published here was written to John Gunther Dea, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, who urged the Prince to leave his country as the U.S. was pulling out, leaving it to the Khmer Rouge, intent on "liberating" the capitol. The Prince declined, knowing he would be killed with his family by day's end.