Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pol Pot's Little Red Book by Henri Locard

This book clearly reveals the relationship between the fundamentals espoused in the concept of communism and socialism in Chairman Mao's Little Red Book and those of Pol Pot's regime in Kampuchea. Using slogans as a tool to control and threaten the people of Kampuchea (Cambodia) Pol Pot and the infamous Angkar (Organization) were able to starve and dehumanize an entire population, while at the same time, eliminating almost two thousand years of Cambodian history. Locard does analyze each slogan and categorizes them so that the reader clearly sees how these slogans and bits of advice were used in all aspects of society to totally control the minds and bodies of the people. Here are but two examples: "He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse" and "If you are free, it would have been better that you had died young." Definitely a book to read if you want to gain a better understanding of mob psychology and indoctrination in the harshest sense.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: DS554.8.L6313 2004
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Kevin Ross, Associate Dean, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Recommended

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