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Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings

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This first-ever anthology of the war reporting and commentary of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sydney Schanberg is drawn from more than four decades of reporting at home and abroad for the New York Times, Newsday, the Village Voice, and various magazines. The centerpiece of the collection is his signature work, “The Death and Life of Dith Pran,” which appeared in the N ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Potomac Books (first published 2010)
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Cambodia, an Unnecessary War
This chapter of the book is devoted to Schanberg's news articles about Cambodia and notebook entries from the time, arranged in a chronological order. It allows readers to read the articles as they would have appeared in the New York Times back when they were written. The articles deal with every aspect of the Cambodian Civil War and its aftermath: The war crimes committed by all sides; mistaken bombings of allied Cambodian villages by US planes; the miserable condit
Great history recap until last 2-3 chapters. Then the drum-beating about U.S. foreign-war-backing surpassed my tolerance level as it smacked, slightly, of over-stating the obvious. Am glad I read this in a non-presidential election. Hopefully, mulling over the very-human accounts will inform my choices, at the polls, in 2016. Really did find the anthology format easy to follow.
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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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