Cambodia books aplenty
Staying on an educational theme, a book for 14-18 year olds is Pol Pot's Cambodia by Matthew Scott Weltig, in the Dictatorships series by Twenty-First Century Books. Out in October, its 160 pages brings to the classroom the real story behind Pol Pot and his genocidal regime. On the same subject Sean Bergin's The Khmer Rouge & The Cambodian Genocide is aimed at the same age grouping. On a lighter note, Thomas Cook Publishing will join the guidebook party with their Travellers Cambodia edition, by David Henley and Andrew Forbes, in October. 176 pages with 140 photos from the same team that brought us the Insight Compact Guide to Cambodia in 2000.
I missed this book on its publication earlier this year, so its high time I highlighted Escaping the Khmer Rouge: A Cambodian Memoir by Chileng Pa with Carol A Mortland. A former policeman Chileng recalls his life as he hid his identity from the Khmer Rouge until his wife and child were murdered and he escaped to Vietnam. He returned as part of the Vietnamese invasion force before resettling in America with his new family in 1981. His memoir is posthumous as Chileng died in 2005. I don't hear about every new book that gets published with Cambodia as its main focus, so if you do know of any that I haven't mentioned, please let me know.