By William J. Rust
Although such a lot americans paid little consciousness to Cambodia in the course of Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency, the nation's proximity to China and the worldwide ideological fight with the Soviet Union assured US vigilance all through Southeast Asia. Cambodia's chief, Norodom Sihanouk, refused to take aspects within the chilly battle, a coverage that disturbed US officers. From 1953 to 1961, his executive shunned the political and armed forces crises of neighboring Laos and South Vietnam. even if, family among Cambodia and the us suffered a blow in 1959 whilst Sihanouk came across CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow him. The coup, supported by way of South Vietnam and Thailand, was once a failure that succeeded basically in expanding Sihanouk's strength and status, proposing new overseas coverage demanding situations within the region.
In Eisenhower and Cambodia, William J. Rust examines the USA' efforts to trap Cambodia from neutrality to alliance. He conclusively demonstrates that, as with Laos in 1958 and 1960, covert intervention within the inner political views of impartial Cambodia proved to be a counterproductive tactic for advancing the USA' anticommunist pursuits. Drawing on lately declassified resources, Rust skillfully lines the effect of "plausible deniability" at the formula and execution of international coverage. His meticulous learn not just unearths a missed bankruptcy in chilly conflict heritage but additionally illuminates the highbrow and political origins folks procedure in Vietnam and the often-hidden impact of intelligence operations in overseas affairs.