Brother Number One Reading

The book Brother Number One wasn’t the most compelling book I have ever read. I wish it talked more about the genocide rather than Pol Pot. It begins by telling about Pol Pot’s former life. His real name is Saloth Sar and he was a former school teacher. He then became the secretary of the central committee of the CPK. After that, he became prime minister. Jean La Couture, a French author, coined the term autogenocide to describe what happened in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s time. Pol Pot was xenophobic, and he was introspective. The thing that shaped his beliefs the most was foreign influence. His family had ties to royalty through different relationships like his cousin. This allowed him to get opportunities that he otherwise would not have had. Nagara Vatta was an influential newspaper that reported the activities of elites. While Saloth Sar was in France, he became a member of the ¬†French Communist Party. In February of 1950, the Indochina Communist party ordered the creation of an independent Laos and Cambodian armies to participate in the liberation movement. The Democrats winning the election, Thanh’s return, and the assassination of the French High Commissioner in Phnom Penh started the acceleration of Cambodia’s armed struggle. The Geneva settlement in July partitioned Vietnam at the seventeenth parallel. Those who fought with the Vietnamese in the south could either disarm and become civilians again, or they could come together in the north. Most Cambodians who fought returned home but thousands of them were evacuated to northern Vietnam. The election in 1955 was the first time that there was a vast amount of options available to voters. Sihanouk won which began a fifteen year period of one man rule. In April of 1970, Sar’s forces entered into a military alliance with Vietnam. Vietnam eventually entered into a ceasefire with the U.S. and left Cambodia. On April 17, the Cambodian communist troops converged into the center of Phom Penh. I personally was not a huge fan of this book. I didn’t feel like I learned a lot about the genocide. It was an ok book overall but definitely¬†not one of my favorites.

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