Lands of Charm and Cruelty: Travels in Southeast Asia

Lands of Charm and Cruelty: Travels in Southeast Asia

by Stan Sesser

Paperback(1st Vintage Departures ed)

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“A beautifully observed book about the successes [and] turmoils . . . of Southeast Asia. . . . Invaluable.”—William Shawcross
Borneo—a magnificent island rain forest where the gentle Penan people, some of the world’s last hunter-gatherers, are waging a campaign of nonviolent resistance against rapacious timber companies; Singapore—a gleaming capitalist Eden where chewing gum is illegal and a political prisoner serves out his sentence in a theme park; Laos—a land still haunted by the periodic detonation of Vietnam War-era bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and where a Buddhist perestroika blossoms after decades of Communist oppression.
These are “the lands of charm and cruelty” that Stan Sesser renders with such immediacy and insight in his reports from Southeast Asia. His book is a rare and illuminating look at one of the most fascinating places in the world—a place of tyranny and repression that is also a place of beautiful people who warmly welcome the visitor, of ancient cultural traditions that still thrive today, and of great religious relics and works of art. The Lands of Charm and Cruelty: Travels in Southeast Asia is an enlightening, politically savvy, exotic journey of discovery.
“An absorbing introduction to a region that remains a mystery to most Americans.”—Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679742395
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1994
Series: Vintage Departures Series
Edition description: 1st Vintage Departures ed
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Singapore: The Prisoner in the Theme Park3
Laos: The Forgotten Country69
Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge Have Returned125
Burma: A Rich Country Gone Wrong177
Borneo: Logging the Rain Forest239

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