Cambodia Year Zero

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Cambodia Year Zero

By François Ponchaud
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978
212 pp. $8.95
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The author, who was a French missionary in Cambodia from 1965 until he was forced to flee in 1975, and who was initially sympathetic to the Khmer Rouge, has concluded that "the Khmer revolution is irrefutably the bloodiest of our century." Jean Lacouture, in reviewing the French edition of this book, wrote that "we are now seeing the suicide of a people in the name of revolution; worse: in the name of socialism." Ponchaud's sources are hundreds of refugee accounts and an analysis of the daily broadcasts of the official voice of Kampuchea, Radio Phnom Penh.

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