Monday, June 20, 2016

New Book from UPK on US Involvement in Cambodia Attracting International Attention

William J. Rust’s fourth book on the origins of US intervention in Southeast Asia, Eisenhower and Cambodia: Diplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War, has just been published by University Press of Kentucky and is already attracting international attention. Within days of the book’s release, articles on it appeared in the two largest English-language newspapers in Cambodia, The Phnom Penh Post and The Cambodia Daily:

In his latest book, Rust outlines the case for CIA involvement in the failed attempt to overthrow neutralist prime minister Prince Norodom Sihanouk in 1959, presenting new information and analysis about the origins and role of the US government in the botched coup. According to the Phnom Penh Post, “Current US Embassy spokesman Jay Raman had this to say about Rust’s findings: ‘We’re pleased to hear that more information about that era has been made available for use by scholars and researchers, but we don’t have any comment on specific allegations in the book.’”

William J. Rust, a former journalist and communications consultant, is the author of Kennedy in Vietnam: American Vietnam Policy, 1960-1963; Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954-1961; and So Much to Lose: John F. Kennedy and American Policy in Laos

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