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The 10 Best Books About the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia
This extraordinary book contains eyewitness accounts of life in Cambodia during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from to , written by survivors who were children at the time. The memoirs were gathered by Dith Pran, whose own experiences in Cambodia were so graphically portrayed in the film The Killing Fields. These testimonies bear shattering witness to the slaughter committed by the Khmer Rouge. Their photograps accompany their stories. They speak of their bewilderment and pain as Khmer Rouge cadres tore their families apart, subjected them to brainwashing, drove them from their homes to work in forced-labor camps, and executed captives in front of them. Their stories tell of suffering, the loss of innocence, the struggle to survive against all odds, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
In exploring the Khmer Rouge era your first recommended book is Angkor by Michael Coe. . So people started to become aware of the killing fields around 77?.
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1. A Dragon Apparent
An Unforgettable Account of the Pol Pot Regime During the Khmer Rouge Years (2000)
O ne of my very first memories was the public celebration in Stockholm of the "liberation" of Cambodia in I was two years old and had been born into the anti-Vietnam war movement. I was seven when Pol Pot was toppled a few years later, and the ghastly images of the killing fields made a strong impression on me. But it was not until I moved to Cambodia in that the country turned into something of an obsession. To me this intriguing little kingdom became a way to understand the world: through the Cambodian lens many things became clearer.
Possibly the most famous of the books written about life under the Khmer Rouge — thanks to the recent Netflix release of the Angelina Jolie directed film adaptation — First They Killed My Father tells the story of Loung Ung. Told through the eyes of Loung, who was five years old when the Khmer Rouge stormed the capital Phnom Penh in April , the book tells her story of surviving the brutal work camps, of loss, determination, love and training as a child soldier. The beautifully written page-turner is often brutal, depicting the horror of life under the regime. Taking up where its predecessor left off, Loung is aged 10 when she is chosen to go with her brother to America, leaving one sister and two brothers behind. Here, the story follows the parallel lives of herself and her sister, Chou. It also looks at her struggle adapting to a new life in a new country with alien cultures, while battling the scars of war and struggling with the despair of loss.
Make Your Own List. David Chandler , one of the foremost western scholars on Cambodian history—and author of the first study of S, the Khmer Rouge interrogation centre—recommends the best books on Cambodia. David Chandler is emeritus professor of history at Monash University in Australia, and one of the leading western scholars on Cambodian history. What can Angkor say about later Cambodian history? Angkor is an extraordinary site.