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death and life of dith pran

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Published 2007 (first published May 21st 1985)
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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
It was more about the author than the subject.
Adrian Colesberry
This is a very short book. I felt like I was done before I started. I much preferred Haing Ngor's book. But the story is still compelling. A good short introduction to the problems in Cambodia.
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.
This is the book the movie "The Killing Fields" was based on. The book is too much about the reporter with only occasional forays into what happened in Cambodia.
Not sure what words could describe this book; sad, and terrible life after the Vietnam war, well written by a man who witnesses the horrors of the war.
This is the book on which The Killing Fields was based. Sydney Schanberg was a writer at The New York Times and tells the story brilliantly.
Elliott Petty
Easy read. Not an in depth history or treatment.
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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.
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