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Murder of a Gentle Land: The Untold Story of Communist Genocide in Cambodia Hardcover – 1977


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Press: Distributed by Thom.Crowell (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088349129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883491294
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Campbell on February 27, 2010
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A good read, especially if you have any curiosity about how planned economies work in the real world. The authors include a great many eyewitness accounts of what amounted to genocide of the Cambodian people. You could argue that those interviewed may have had their own agenda or bias. However, there is remarkable consistency in the experiences recounted, regardless of educational background or socioeconomic level. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TLR on September 16, 2013
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Written while the Khmer Rouge was still in power in Cambodia, this is a powerful look at a nation gone mad, a society being forcibly remade at every level by ideological zealots. Unfortunately, the writers don't deal much with US policies in Indochina between 1955 and 1973, and how these policies inadvertently brought such a murderous band of thugs to power. The authors also could not have known that US policy makers would still be covertly siding with the Khmer Rouge because of their hostility to the new communist regime next door in Vietnam.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DH Koester on October 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Another modern day genocide--another of historys' brutal mass exterminations of millions of innocent people--conducted in full view of a world that chooses to stand by and do nothing.

Having taken place thirty-five years ago, its memory has now, been nearly erased--just like that! And since then there have already been others-- Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan--and there will be more. History has shown it can happen anywhere, at any time, in any country, any society, not least of all here--in the US. People whose minds have been manipulated, turning on each other like crazed,rabid zombies.
In just three short years, the Khmer Rouge were resposible for the extermination of two million people! Two million!
It wasn't just the numbers that made it so horrific--but instead the manner in which these deaths took place and the lives these people were made to endure.

As an American, I bore and extra measure of guilt as it was my governments' misguided and immoral foriegn policy that was most responsible for the Khmer Rouge rise to power. It was my government too that stood by and watched the horror unfold, all the while they were proudly flying the Khmer Rouge flag outside the UN Building in New York City. My only consulation, as an individual, came afterwards, when I got to Laos. I was sitting on the banks of the MaeKong River with a peasant who had lived through the US carpet bombing of his country. He told me that, at the time, his people did not blame the American people, for they still considered them friends. They blamed instead the American government. They understood that governments very often do not follow the dictates of their populace even in a supposed democracy. Simple peasants understood the difference between a government and the people they governed.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Americanist on August 28, 2008
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The sufferings of the human race often occur because the masses have no understanding. This book will help.
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