Popular Khmer Rouge Books
1000 Years in Killing Fields (English Version)
Survival in the Killing Fields
They find [in Nuon Chea] a faithful son and loyal husband, an idealist, ascetic, and moral purist who blames the Cambodian people for being too corrupted by imperialism and capitalism to implement the pure-minded plans of the Angka "organization". This important story—told with a restraint that makes it all the more effective—confirms the banality of evil. One of the most disturbing examples took place in Cambodia's Killing Fields, where tens of thousands of victims were executed and hastily disposed of by Khmer Rouge cadres. Nearly thirty years after these bloody purges, two journalists entered the jungles of Cambodia to uncover secrets still buried there. Based on more than 1, hours of interviews with the top surviving Khmer Rouge leader, Nuon Chea, Behind the Killing Fields follows the journey of a man who began as a dedicated freedom fighter and wound up accused of crimes against humanity.
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Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places)
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.
During the past half-century, U. The Vietnam conflict, extended into Cambodia in , ended up with a communist victory in South Vietnam and an imposed dictatorship there. The Cambodian result was even worse: Not only dictatorship but the murder of 1. We were in a hallway at Patrick Henry College, where we both taught. David, a senior Time correspondent for many years, had heard from mutual friends an incredible tale about a Cambodian Christian who had survived the Khmer Rouge in the late s. According to David, this person wanted someone to write down his stories. He passed along the email address of one Radha Manickam of Seattle.