Reporter Becker, who covered Cambodia for the Washington Post, examines the historical patterns of violence and authority in Cambodia that allowed the Khmer Rouge to ascend to power and
made the genocide possible. She also examines the roles of the United States and other members of the United Nations in betraying Cambodia. The book is based on the author’s personal experiences and interviews with Cambodian leaders and ordinary citizens.
Funding provided by US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden and the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.