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

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

byLoung Ung

Paperback | April 4, 2006

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From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

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.


Loung Ung is a national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. She is the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind, and she lives with her husband in Ohio.
Title:First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia RemembersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 4, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060856262

ISBN - 13:9780060856267

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Developed my love of memoirs This was the first memoir I have ever read, and has also been the most memorable. I am not great at history but this first-hand account of the author's life under the Khmer Rouge regime made the history more accessible and real to me. Such a horrible but touching story. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Story This book is something that touches its readers. This story tells the tale of a young girl that lived through the Genocide that occured in Cambodian. As a reader you read about the violence, death and injustice that the author experienced. These images are so strong that it shakes the readers to the core. This is since it is hard to image that something so horrible could happen. However, it did.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional and Powerful This is an amazing read. It is a story about a young Cambodian refugee. It’s important that we learn about each other’s history. We begin to understand that at some point all races have experienced some type of injustice or slavery. This was the first and only book so far that I’ve ever cried to, it’s hard to grasp that there was so much suffering and brutally. This war ended in the 80’s – yet so many people were unaware of it taking place. This book made me realize how truly blessed we are.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book This book was an excellent read. It was very hard to put down. The book gives you specific knowledge about victims of war. I could not believe the type of suffering this family faced and all the hardship they went through. It amazed me to know that this type of abuse still exists today. This is a must read book!
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Editorial Reviews

"[Ung] tells her stories straightforwardly, vividly, and without any strenuous effort to explicate their importance, allowing the stories themselves to create their own impact." (New York Times)