The Khmer Rouge regime took control of Cambodia by force of arms, then committed the most brazen war crimes since the Third Reich: at least 1.5 million people murdered between 1975 and 1979. Yet no individuals were ever tried or punished. This book is the story of Peter Maguire's effort to learn how Cambodia's "culture of impunity" developed and why it persists. Maguire documents the atrocities through personal interviews with both victims and perpetrators, journalistic accounts, government sources, and historical scholarship gathered during a ten-year odyssey in search of answers. The book includes a selection of haunting pictures from among the thousands taken at the now infamous Tuol Sleng Prison (also referred to as S-21), through which 14,000 men, women and children passed - and from which fewer than a dozen emerged alive. What he discovered raises troubling questions; Was the Cambodian genocide a preview of the genocidal civil wars that would follow in the wake of the Cold War? Is international justice an attainable idea or a fiction superimposed over an unbearably dark reality? The Khmer Rouge violated the Nuremberg Principles, the United Nations Charter, the laws of war, and the UN Genocide Convention. Yet in the decade after the regime's collapse, the perpetrators were rescued and resuscitated - even rewarded - by China, Thailand, the United States, and the UN. According to Peter Maguire, Cambodia holds the key to understanding why recent UN interventions throughout the world have failed to prevent atrocities and to enforce treaties.