School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 8 Up-Although the former Saloth Sar would often change names and went to extreme measures to protect his identity, Pol Pot is exposed here as one of those responsible for bringing communism to his country and slaughtering millions of his fellow Cambodians in his misguided efforts to weed out supposed enemies of the state. The material seeks to show both the arc of the man's life and how his indoctrination into political activism, honed both in Asia and France, had a direct impact on the instability of his country and some other Southeast Asian nations. Black-and-white photos of Pol Pot and his corrupt circle, as well as the horror they inflicted, bring an immediacy to the various chapters on his life and final exile into Thailand. The subject matter and density of the text might make the book seem at first to be only for research, but the writing is accessible enough to suggest this title to browsers and history buffs as well.-Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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