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By U. Sam Oeur

Translated by Ken McCullough

MINNEAPOLIS: COFFEE HOUSE PRESS, 1998

226 PAGES

From 1975 to early 1979, until the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot began a savage program of “purification” during which approximately 1.75 million Cambodians, or roughly a quarter of that country’s population, lost their lives. Now, although Pol Pot has long been driven from power, and history has seen the collapse of the Khmer Rouge as a fighting force, ordinary Cambodians are still confronting the legacy of that horrific period.