There is little in this account that has not been touched on elsewhere, but since justice has yet to be served on those Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of as many as two million Cambodians in the late 1970s, almost any recounting of the story carries its own justification. Maguire spent the past 10 years visiting Cambodia, seeking to understand how the tragedy evolved and why those responsible have not been punished. He visits the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, emblematic of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, and he revisits the history of American involvement in Cambodia, arguing that American expansion of the Vietnam War helped precipitate the genocide. Maguire offers two primary explanations for judicial inaction: many Cambodians, as Buddhists, only wish to break the terrible cycle of violence and move on, and even today, many will not stand up to the Khmer Rouge for fear of their lives. Although the book seems oddly aimless, it nevertheless places in context the UN's efforts this year to establish an international tribunal on the Cambodian tragedy. Alan MooresCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Maguire's interviews...are fascinating in their treatment of death and accountability...This is a gripping and well-written account.
Maguire is able to put a bit of a human face on all these events.
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Places in context the UN's efforts this year to establish an international tribunal on the Cambodian tragedy.
Concise, impassioned and at all times aware of the 'hallowness' of his words when compared to the survirors' own experiences, Maguire leaves readers mute.
(Ian Neubauer The Cambodia Daily
Maguire's book is deftly written...The book is a sober, clear-eyed look at the questions surrounding the probable tribunal.
(Steve Hirsch Phnom Penh Post
Facing Death in Cambodia is a scholarly, yet personal narrative of his own research.
(John Ryle Financial Times
Maguire succeeds in illuminating the mindset of victims and perpetrators alike.
(D. Gordon Longmuir Pacific Affairs