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    I would like to put a list together of interesting books about Cambodia. I’m thinking in the first place about the recent history (Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, etc.), but I’m interested in any other good books as well! As long as the main subject is Cambodia!

    These are the books that I’ve read and can recommend so far:

    • Cambodia’s Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land by Joel Brinkley – An easy to read book that sheds some light on Cambodia’s complex recent history, from the French occupation till the reign of the Khmer Rouge and even the current political situation.
    • First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung – A heartbreaking autobiography of a 5 year old girl that survived the horrors of the Khmer Rouge

    Who can recommend some other books?




    These books are also interesting:

    • Dancing in shadows by Benny Widyono, telling the story of a United Nations official working in Cambodia during the fall of the Khmer Rouge
    • When the war was over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge revolution by Elizabeth Becker, being a journalist for the Washington Post and covering Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime



    Sarah Rhodes

    Cambodia’s Curse was a very thorough account!

    • sequel to First They Killed my Father – is Lucky Child; this book gives the after the war story when Loung is in America and her sister’s story of remaining in Cambodia, Loung’s struggles with PTSD and a some insight into what happened after the war was ‘over’.
    • The Cambodia Campaign – just started reading this
    • When Broken Glass Floats by Chanthy Him – excellent.
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