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Sihanouk : prince of light, prince of darkness

Author: Milton E Osborne
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sihanouk: Prince of Light, prince of darkness is the first full-length English-language account of one of the most remarkable and controversial Asian leaders of the 20th century. This critical, unauthorised biography, gives due credit to the achievements of Norodom Sihanouk but also looks behind the myths of his claims to have ruled a 'fairytale kingdom' that was an 'oasis of peace'.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osborne, Milton E.
Sihanouk.
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624446617
Named Person: Norodom Sihanouk, Prince; Norodom Sihanouk, Prince; Norodom Sihanouk, Kambodscha König; Samdech Preah Upayuvareach Norodom Sihanouk; König) Norodom Sihanouk (Kambodscha
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milton E Osborne
ISBN: 0824816382 9780824816384 0824816390 9780824816391
OCLC Number: 29548414
Description: xi, 283 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Milton Osborne.

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Sihanouk: Prince of Light, prince of darkness is the first full-length English-language account of one of the most remarkable and controversial Asian leaders of the 20th century. This critical, unauthorised biography, gives due credit to the achievements of Norodom Sihanouk but also looks behind the myths of his claims to have ruled a 'fairytale kingdom' that was an 'oasis of peace'.

In 1941 Norodom Sihanouk ascended the Cambodian throne, supported by the French with the intent that he be their puppet king. Milton Osborne traces the complete background leading to this event, and then follows Sihanouk's remarkable growth to political maturity: his transformation from a dilettante king to a vigorous and sometimes ruthless politician. Fully acknowledging his remarkable energy, the book shows how the early years of Sihanouk's successes turned sour as, unwilling to share responsibility, he gradually alienated politicians on both the left and the right. Convinced that he alone knew what was best for Cambodia, his repression of dissent became more vicious and led finally to his overthrow in 1970.

Then, while Pol Pot's tyranny gripped Cambodia, Sihanouk languished as a prisoner and an exile in Phnom Penh and Peking. In the 1990s Norodom Sihanouk emerged from exile to take an increasingly active role in the new leadership of his country, culminating in 1993 with his ascension, once more, to the Cambodian throne.

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