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Pol Pot by Philip Short
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Oct 13, 2011

bookshelves: historical, 2012, abandoned
Read from May 21 to August 07, 2012

I'm crying "Uncle" on this book. I tried everything to get through it, but this was a slog. I even tried my trick of dividing remaining pages by the number of days til my "read by goal date" and I couldn't even get through ten pages a day. I was really interested in the khmer rouge and the havoc they wrought on Cambodia, but this book didn't hold my attention. Phillip Short is a very thorough and factual writer; and had I had more background knowledge on Cambodia, Vietnam and their various trials and tribulations over the years I'm sure I would've understood (and thus appreciated) this book quite a bit more. I must also say, Short really throws some five dollars words around, in fact without the dictionary function on my kindle I doubt I could've made it as far as I did.

I wouldn't say that I will never read this book again, but it's not likely. If I do, I will probably have to read a book about cambodia written at the third grade level.

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