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The length felt appropriate and tightly written, but only four stars! because I now have my nails dug-in and need to find more writing on what's happening! Another reviewer said McCoy wrote this from personal experience - so if you read these, author (and you must, you must) then I hope you follow up here as history continues to move right around us (even if we hear so little).
So! If you have any interest in Cambodia or the global politics taking place in SE Asia then pick up this great little book - and maybe McCoy will write another one!
From beneath the overwhelming weight of this brutal regime and the crushing poverty of Cambodia's disastrous recent history (ably and succinctly summarized by McCoy), Vanny Tep emerges. Her brashness barrels through in McCoy's writing, and the ferocious courage of the women she organizes shines from the rubble of ruined lives. Theirs is a hope without reason, a condition at once indomitable and vulnerable. They carry the vitality of human progress, and McCoy brings them out of abstraction and anonymity.
A pregnant woman, living under a tarp in a relocation camp after the government razed her home to make way for foreign developers, tells McCoy, "The government watches us, but they don't see us." Because of McCoy's journalism, we are all witnesses.
The best line in the article: "When Hun Sen grabbed power he put Cambodia up for sale, and China bought it."
This article was fascinating.
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Terrence McCoy is a rising star. His work in Cambodia was phenomenal, but so was his work in Miami on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the flights in and out of there by Don and Bill... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Will Harvey
A very boring book. I am not interested in foreigh lands. This book is for someone who is intrested in SaigonPublished 24 months ago by Kay Martin
Great writing leads us on a on the ground excursion into the personal reality experienced by many as their homes and villages are caught up in the economic/political battlefield of... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by RDD
A surprisingly good factual rendition about the plight of Cambodian and the level of corruption in the country disguised as "economic development" which displaces thousand... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Claudia Lothering
Very we'll written china no worse than the Americans it's all about big money and greed working class gets pissed on again nothing changesPublished on April 18, 2014 by patrick dunne
A classic story of the haves and have nots. It read like a news story but did not have the character development I hoped for.Published on November 7, 2013 by Bobby Gordy
This certainly educated me to the harsh and almost unbelievable realities in Cambodia. Also showed the courage of the human spirit and survival instinctsPublished on August 29, 2013 by mamrn
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