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Before the Killing Fields By Leslie Fielding

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In the mid-1960s, Cambodia's position within South East Asia was highly vulnerable. The Americans were embroiled in war in Vietnam, the Viet Cong were gaining control over Cambodian frontier areas. This book presents a portrait of a country poised between peace and war.

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Before the Killing Fields: Witness to Cambodia and the Vietnam War by Leslie Fielding

This is a gripping portrait of a country poised between peace and war. In the mid-1960s, Cambodia's position within South East Asia was highly vulnerable. The Americans were embroiled in war in Vietnam, the Viet Cong were gaining clandestine control over Cambodian frontier areas, while the Cambodian government - under the leadership of a charming but difficult Head of State, Prince Norodom Sihanouk - wanted nothing more than to preserve their neutrality and keep out of the war. Highly distrustful of any perceived foreign interference, the Cambodians had even rioted and attacked the American and British Embassies in Phnom Penh and their debris was still strewn on the streets when Leslie Fielding arrived in the city. Yet against this grim and dramatic backdrop, the daily round of international foreign policy somehow had to continue and "Before the Killing Fields" offers a compelling and fascinating account of how this was achieved. As well as a political history this is also a portrait of an exotic but overlooked country at a critical stage in its development. Violence, intrigue and even the supernatural mingle with issues of day-to-day management and office morale. From diplomatic meetings conducted in opium dens and dancing lessons with beautiful princesses at the Royal Palace to candid portraits of the rest of the international community of Phnom Penh, "Before the Killing Fields" is an illuminating insight into a lost world.

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"'a gripping account of Cambodia under the mercurial Sihanouk as the shadows closed in' - Literary Review"

About Leslie Fielding


Sir Leslie Fielding read History at Cambridge (where he is now an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College) and Persian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He joined the Foreign Service in 1956 working initially in Tehran and (briefly) Singapore before being put in charge of the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 1964-1966. His subsequent diplomatic career took him to Paris, Brussels (in the European Commission) and Tokyo. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. He has contributed to two volumes of short stories, Travellers' Tales and More Travellers' Tales and is married to the medievalist, Sally Harvey.

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GOR001943693
Before the Killing Fields: Witness to Cambodia and the Vietnam War by Leslie Fielding
Leslie Fielding
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2007-10-24
296
1845114930
9781845114930
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