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The Gate by François Bizot
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Sep 05, 12

Read in September, 2012

Beautifully written, but a very difficult book to read: because of the subject matter. Mr Bizot talks about his life in Cambodia, particularly on the time of the Khymer Rouge 'revolution' and the later 'liberation' invasion by the North Vietnamese. He focusses on his personal experiences as a captive and the torture he endured.

No doubt his stinging and blunt criticism of American involvement in IndoChina will put off most American readers, but his should be required reading, so that we all can learn how easy it is to manipulate populations to commit 'inhumane' and unspeakable acts. It's a lesson we in Europe learnt later with the conflict in the Balkans.

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