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By Philip Short

A gripping and definitive portrait of the fellow who headed the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of contemporary times

In the 3 and a part years of Pol Pot's rule, greater than one million Cambodians, a 5th of the country's inhabitants, have been carried out or died from starvation. An idealistic and reclusive determine, Pol Pot sought to instill in his humans values of ethical purity and self-abnegation via a revolution of radical egalitarianism. within the approach his kingdom descended into insanity, turning into a focus camp of the brain, a slave country during which obedience used to be enforced at the killing fields.

How did a utopian dream of shared prosperity mutate into one of many worst nightmares humanity has ever recognized? to appreciate this nearly not possible secret, Philip brief explores Pol Pot's existence from his early years to his loss of life. brief spent 4 years touring all through Cambodia interviewing the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge circulation, lots of whom have by no means spoken ahead of, together with Pol Pot's brother-in-law and the previous Khmer Rouge head of nation. He additionally sifted during the formerly closed records of China, Russia, Vietnam, and Cambodia itself to track the destiny of 1 guy and the state that he led into ruin.

This strong biography finds that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge weren't a one-off aberration yet as an alternative grew out of a darkness of the soul universal to all peoples. Cambodian heritage and tradition mixed with intervention from the U.S. and different countries to set the degree for a catastrophe whose horrors echo loudly within the troubling occasions of our international at the present time.

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919, f. 926a; I:Iafi~-i Abril, Zubdat al-tavarikh, ed. Sayyid Kamal I:Iajj Sayyid Javadi (Tehran, 1372/1993-94), p. 12; Mul,ammad b. Fai:lullah Miisavl, Tarikh-i khayrat, MS Istanbul, Turhan Hadica Sul~an No. 224, ff. 436a-437a. , Asnad wa makatibat-i tarikhi-i Iran (Tehran, 2536/1977), pp. 141-142; I:Iafi~-i Abril, MajmaCa, f. 929b. 59 5 I:Iafi~-i Abril, "Continuation du Zafarnama de Ni~amuddin Sami par I:Iafi~-i Abril," ed. F. 453-456, 459. The verses mentioning Shahrukh appear to have been in the first rescension of this work, written in 81411412, at least in the one manuscript still extant, which dates from 1428, and also in the final version, the Zubdat al-tavarikh, finished in 83011427, but not in the manuscripts of the Majmara.

919, f. 926a; I:Iafi~-i Abril, Zubdat al-tavarikh, ed. Sayyid Kamal I:Iajj Sayyid Javadi (Tehran, 1372/1993-94), p. 12; Mul,ammad b. Fai:lullah Miisavl, Tarikh-i khayrat, MS Istanbul, Turhan Hadica Sul~an No. 224, ff. 436a-437a. , Asnad wa makatibat-i tarikhi-i Iran (Tehran, 2536/1977), pp. 141-142; I:Iafi~-i Abril, MajmaCa, f. 929b. 59 5 I:Iafi~-i Abril, "Continuation du Zafarnama de Ni~amuddin Sami par I:Iafi~-i Abril," ed. F. 453-456, 459. The verses mentioning Shahrukh appear to have been in the first rescension of this work, written in 81411412, at least in the one manuscript still extant, which dates from 1428, and also in the final version, the Zubdat al-tavarikh, finished in 83011427, but not in the manuscripts of the Majmara.

Abu Sa9:d displaced Shahrukh's line to take power in Samarqand in 855/1451, and in Herat in 862/1458. The major tradition of dynastic history descends through the Mat/a' al-safdayn, written by cAbd al-Razzaq Samarqandl, strongly favorable towards Abu Sa'1d, whom cAbd al-Razzaq served for many years. The history begins significantly with the Ilkhanid Sultan Abu Sa'1d, and continues through the reign of the Timurid Abu Sa'1d. It became the basic text for coverage of this period in the later histories by MIrkhwand (836-371 1436-38 to 903/1497-98) and his grandson Khwandamir (889/1484-85 to after 94211535-36).

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