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About Ben Kiernan
Mr. Kiernan is the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History and Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He is the author of "How Pol Pot Came to Power" (1985), "The Pol Pot Regime" (1996), and other works on Southeast Asia and the history of genocide.

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Cambodia's Twisted Path to Justice by Ben Kiernan
A blunt assessment of the lack of interest throughout the world in bringing Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge to justice.

Available from -- The Pol Pot Regime : Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia Under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-79 by Ben Kiernan.

"I first visited Cambodia in 1975," Ben Kiernan writes in his book. "None of the Cambodians I knew then survived the next four years." In The Pol Pot Regime, Kiernan presents the first definitive account of the four-year reign of terror known as "Democratic Kampuchea." Working very closely with Cambodian sources, including interviews with hundreds of survivors and the archived "confessions" extracted by the Khmer Rouge from political prisoners just before their execution, Kiernan depicts the horrific nature of Pol Pot and his thugs with chilling specificity, and his historical analysis makes a valuable contribution to understanding how they were able to come to power in the wake of the Vietnam War.

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