#50 Heaven Becomes Hell: A Survivor’s Story of Life Under the Khmer Rouge,
by Ly Y. 232 pp. (2000). Cloth $35.00; paper $22.00.
A rare, first-person account of four harrowing years, mostly tragic, sometimes touching, and sometimes even humorous. Ly Y and his wife survived, but their 18-month old child died during the forced march from Phnom Penh after their family and the city’s inhabitants were driven out by the Khmer Rouge in 1975.
Reviewers’ Comments: “…lyrically personal…. Passing of touching beauty and sadness like this should never be forgotten” -G. Carbone, Seacoast Newspapers
“….odd moments of tense comedy and euphoria.” -D. Fesperman, Maryland Sun
“Unless you see something like this through the eyes of someone who’s experienced it, you really can’t begin to grasp it.” -J. Driscoll, former Editor-In-Chief, Boston Globe
#41 Genocide and Democracy in Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge, the U.N., and the International Community, Edited by Ben Kiernan. 335 pp. (1993). Cloth $30.00; paper $17.00.
Proceedings of the 1992 Raphael Lemkin Symposium, co-published with the Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School. Specialists from seven disciplines examine the record of the Khmer Rouge, and the international community’s involvement with the affairs of the country.
Reviewers’ Comments: “…recommended without reservation for all levels of readership….a stimulating collection of essays by a diverse group…including Cambodians.” -R. Marlay, Choice
#33 Pol Pot Plans the Future: Confidential Leadership Documents from Democratic Kampuchea, 1976-1977, edited and translated by David P. Chandler, Ben Kiernan, and Chanthou Boua. 346 pp. (1988). $20.00
Annotated translations of confidential documents intended for the eyes of Communist Party leaders of Cambodia in 1976 and 1977, as well as the “confession” extracted under torture from a minister of the regime accused of treason in 1977.
Reviewers’ Comments: “…chilling testimony, from the inside…unprecedented insight into the vision and strategies of the tightly controlled leadership of Democratic Kampuchea…a compelling case study for the evolution of radical utopian movements.” -Mary Byrne McDonnell
#25 Revolution and Its Aftermath in Kampuchea: Eight Essays, edited by David P. Chandler and Ben Kiernan. 319 pp. (1983). $14.00 OUT OF STOCK
Eight authors describe politics and life during the period of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979) under the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, focusing primarily on political and social history, and conveyed in extraordinary and vivid personal histories.
Reviewers’ Comments: “…a compelling volume… an engrossing and important work…” -John Girling
”… highly recommended…it gives deep insight into a country whose path of development has been particularly distinctive during the last two decades.” -Sociologia Ruralis