Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot


In Cambodia's recent, tragic past, no figure looms larger or more ominously than that of Pol Pot. Yet information about his life and career has been largely inaccessible. As secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) beginning in 1962 and as prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea (DK), he was widely blamed for trying to destroy Cambodian society. By implementing policies whose effects were genocidal, he oversaw the deaths of more than one million of his nation's people.

In this, the only book-length study of the man, historian David P. Chandler throws light on the shadowy figure of Pol Pot. Basing his study on interviews and on a wide range of sources in English, Cambodian, and French, the author illuminates the ideas and behavior of this enigmatic man and his entourage against the background of post -- World War II events, providing a key to understanding this horrific, pivotal period of Cambodian history. In this revised edition, new material brings the biography up to date through recent events in Cambodia, including Pol Pot's death in April 1998.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1999
  • Revised


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