New Yorker columnist George Packer published a captivating article on genocide this month where he poses many thought provoking questions on the difficult topic, focusing on the mass slaughter of millions of Cambodians under the rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 70s. In the article, he highlights Thierry Curvellier's new book The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer, which details the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, the director of the Khmer Rouge's central interrogation center and death camp.
The Master of Confessions delves deep into the mind of a killer who shocked the world by pleading guilty to war crimes and against humanity. Curvellier's in-depth look at Duch -- who provided perhaps "the most complete testimony by a mass murderer in history"-- offers a unique perspective on genocide and the devastation caused by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Packer affirms the importance of books like The Master of Confessions in continuing the conversation, to both remember and discuss what actions should be taken when these horrors are happening so far from home.
The full article can be read here.