Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia

Overview

Although there are many books and films dealing with the Vietnam War, Sideshow tells the truth about America's secret and illegal war with Cambodia from 1969 to 1973. William Shawcross interviewed hundreds of people of all nationalities, including cabinet ministers, military men, and civil servants, and extensively researched U.S. Government documents. This full-scale investigation—with material new to this edition—exposes how Kissinger and Nixon treated Cambodia as a sideshow. Although the president and his ...
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Overview

Although there are many books and films dealing with the Vietnam War, Sideshow tells the truth about America's secret and illegal war with Cambodia from 1969 to 1973. William Shawcross interviewed hundreds of people of all nationalities, including cabinet ministers, military men, and civil servants, and extensively researched U.S. Government documents. This full-scale investigation—with material new to this edition—exposes how Kissinger and Nixon treated Cambodia as a sideshow. Although the president and his assistant claimed that a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia was necessary to eliminate North Vietnamese soldiers who were attacking American troops across the border, Shawcross maintains that the bombings only spread the conflict, but led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent massacre of a third of Cambodia's population.

Here is the definitive, award-winning, account of America's illegal bombing of Cambodia.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Review Of Books
Sideshow is both masterly and horrifying.... It presents hard and irrefutable evidence.... should be compulsory reading!
The Boston Globe
Remarkable and compelling…. First and foremost an American political thriller.... where American officials spied on each other, lied to each other and falsified reports.... ALL TOO REAL.
The New York Times
Sideshow excels.... It has the sweep and shadows of a spy novel as it portrays the surreal world of power, severed from morality.
Library Journal
Shawcross's 1979 volume is still one of the best on the Vietnam debacle. This revised edition is all the better. (LJ (4/1/03) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412243
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shawcross, the author of Deliver Us from Evil, lives in London.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 3
Introduction to the Revised Edition 7
Cast of Characters 15
1 The Secret 19
2 The Land 36
3 The Prince 46
4 The War 63
5 The Adviser 74
6 The Problem 85
7 The Bridges 96
8 The Coup 112
9 The Invasion 128
10 The Outrage 150
11 The Doctrine 161
12 The Strategy 177
13 The Embassy 188
14 The Battle 200
15 The Bombardiers 209
16 The Decay 220
17 The Others 236
18 The Peace 259
19 The Bombing 280
20 The Secretary 300
21 The Proconsuls 310
22 The Negotiators 335
23 The End 344
24 The Beginning 365
Afterword 393
A Short Chronology 397
Appendix
Kissinger and Sideshow 403
"Sideswipe: Kissinger, Shawcross and the Responsibility for Cambodia" 416
"Shawcross Swipes Again" 433
"Rodman Responds" 444
Notes 453
Bibliography 487
Index 491
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