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Though this book was quite short, it did give some background information of what happened in Phnom Penh and the day of the supposed invasion/attack. Some of the details explaining what an ordinary Cambodian had to suffer did bring me tears considering how true it was. The details that were written by Schanberg were limited only to the point of view of an American journalist.
Based on a magazine article for the New York Times, this book is disappointingly sketchy and shows that great journalists are not always great writers. It also gives you a clear notion of how much imagination went into the script for "The Killing Fields," which was based very loosely on this book. Roland Joffe took this bare-bones story, crudely laid out with only the faintest details, and created a powerful story of adventure and emotion. But Schanberg could easily have done much more with this ...more
This book is a true story written by a reporter about his friend who was trapped in Cambodia during the Viet Cong invasion. The movie "The Killing Fields" was based on this book. I really enjoyed the history and learning more about a war I didn't know much about.
Sydney Hillel Schanberg is an American journalist who is best known for his coverage of the war in Cambodia. Schanberg joined The New York Times as a journalist in 1959. He spent much of the early 1970s in Southeast Asia as a correspondent for the Times. For his reporting, he won the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism twice, in 1971 and 1974.More about Sydney Schanberg...