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Shed some Royal light

Shed some Royal light

The Editor,

The book "Sihanouk: Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness", by Milton Osborne

relates a lot of information about Cambodian history. Unfortunately I find two mistakes:

1. In page 204, it is mentioned that the cement factory near Kampot was a Russian


"The same was true of the Russian aid gift, a cement factory near Kampot,...".

Any Cambodian can testify that it was a Chinese and not a Russian aid.

2. In page 206, it is stated that:

"... Lon Nol was injured when a jeep driven recklessly by Sihanouk overturned".

In fact the driver was General Nhiek Tioulong. Prince Sihanouk was not in the party

when the accident occurred. As General Tioulong is still alive, anyone can ask him

about this accident.

How a great expert on Cambodian contemporary history like Milton Osborne cannot know

the trueness of these two minor facts?

Can I be certain that all other major facts related in the book which are very difficult

to testify are true? In my modest view, this book brings more darkness to the political

life in Sihanouk's Cambodia instead of light.
- Khun-Neay Khuon, Quebec, Canada.


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