By John Tully
During this concise and compelling heritage, Cambodia’s prior is defined in shiny element, from the richness of the Angkorean empire in the course of the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With lively writing and fervour for the subject, John Tully covers the total sweep of Cambodian heritage, explaining why this land of contrasts is still a fascinating enigma to the foreign neighborhood. Detailing the miserable list of battle, famine, and invasion that has threatened to wreck Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.
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The British airmen, like the American GIs, were clearly unwilling to have any more faith on officers in the RAF hierarchy, whom they suspected of delaying their release to save their rank and pay and thus breaking the trust they had reposed in them. The men wanted to be assured by someone with sufficient independence and status to challenge the service decisions on their behalf. Only a member of Parliament could do this - he seemed to them the only link, though remote, in the long chain of democratic influence.
A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A Short History of Asia series) by John Tully