In May 1993, after two decades of civil war, the people of Cambodia boldly embraced peace as nearly 90 percent of registered voters cast ballots in a U.N.-sponsored election. In a study sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment, William Shawcross, author of two previous books on Cambodia (Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia and The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience), details the steps leading to Cambodia's new coalition government; paints an intimate portrait of the national scene; and offers his own deeply knowledgeable perspective on the problems that a new Cambodia must face if it is to fully restore itself to national life.