Tuesday, June 23, 2009

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

A heart rendering and absolutely chilling firsthand account of the depravity and inhumanity inflicted on the Cambodian people from 1975 - 1979. As Saloth Sar (Pol Pot) turned his Khmer soldiers against the citizenry in an attempt to create a Communist agrarian society that would be able to exist without outside intervention, families were left to starve and were brutally tortured and killed in the most heinous manner. This genocide is an important part of world history and should be read about and understood by future generations in order to prevent this kind of insanity from recurring.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: DS554.8.U54 2000
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Kevin Ross, Associate Dean, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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