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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

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Tavia Gilbert

9 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

June 2011

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One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

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  • Charles Shackelford

    Great read. Very sad story that makes one take pause and be thankful for the life they have. Very well written. Felt like I was there with the author through her struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    This book certainly puts things into perspective with our current COVID situation. What a tragic story, it's well worth listening to.

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  • Danny B.

    great book

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