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Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, and Ecuador
Angelina Jolie
0743470230
October 2003
Paperback
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Review
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBEFounder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of PeaceAngelina is living proof of the power we all have -- every one of us -- to make a difference. I was deeply moved by her descriptions of individual refugees struggling to live with dignity and hope, and found her personal commitment to be an inspiration. Angelina's journals document her awakening as a humanitarian activist and I hope they will move readers to act. I look forward to my continued work with Angelina on behalf of the United Nations.

Book Description
Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan,...


Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

0300078730


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Book Review
Dith Pran, the Cambodian photojournalist portrayed by Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields, compiled this collection of eyewitness accounts to the genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot's regime from 1975 to 1979. All of the survivors who recount their stories here were children when the Khmer Rouge took power, and the horrific images from a time when an estimated third of the Cambodian population died of disease, starvation, and execution remain fixed in their minds to this day.

The bleakness of evil made commonplace permeates these testaments. "There was a man who was friends with a woman, and they had a friendly chat under a tree," one woman writes. "Pol Pot saw them and accused them of having an affair... Pol Pot tied them up on a cross and then told everyone to watch the couple being questioned and hit. The...



To Asia with Love: A Connoisseurs' Guide to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Kim Fay
0971594031
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Off the beaten path tips for adventuring, eating, shopping and sight seeing, from contributors who live, work, teach, write and travel there. Not your regular travel guidebook. Booking your trip, means how to find a boat to take you down the Mekong River, instead of where to get a cheap airline ticket. One chapter lists opportunities for giving back to the countries you visit.

About the Author
Seattle native Kim Fay fell in love with Southeast Asia when she traveled to Thailand in 1990. Journeys to Borneo, Singapore and Bali followed, and in 1995 she moved to Ho Chi Minh City, where she worked as an English teacher and travel writer until 1999. She now writes and edits for travel websites in L.A. She recently finished In Yellow Babylon, a novel about the looting of the...


First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Loung Ung
0060931388
January 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Written in the present tense, First They Killed My Father will put you right in the midst of the action--action you'll wish had never happened. It's a tough read, but definitely a worthwhile one, and the author's personality and strength shine through on every page. Covering the years from 1975 to 1979, the story moves from the deaths of multiple family members to the forced separation of the survivors, leading ultimately to the reuniting of much of the family, followed by marriages and immigrations. The brutality seems unending--beatings, starvation, attempted rape, mental cruelty--and yet the narrator (a young girl) never stops fighting for escape and survival. Sad and courageous, her life and the lives of her young siblings provide quite a powerful example of how war can so deeply affect children--especially a war in...


Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
Loung Ung
0060733942
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In her second memoir, Ung picks up where her first, the National Book Award–winning First They Killed My Father, left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in 1980 at age 10 and flying to her new home in Vermont. Though she embraces her American life—which carries advantages ranging from having a closet of her own to getting a formal education and enjoying The Brady Bunch—she can never truly leave her Cambodian life behind. She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three other siblings. This book is alternately heart-wrenching and heartwarming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung Ung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to reunite. Loung effectively juxtaposes chapters about herself and her sister to...


The Clay Marble (Sunburst Book)
Minfong Ho
0374412294
September 1, 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Dara's is one of the thousands of Cambodian families separated or destroyed by war, but there is hope as she and her brother and mother head for a refugee camp on the Thailand border. Once safely there, Dara makes friends with Jantu, who has an almost magical touch in creating toys from mud and scraps of fabric. When the camp is bombed, Jantu makes a magic marble out of clay that helps Dara track down her family and then return to the hospital for Jantu and her brother. Like clay dolls themselves, Ho's ( Rice Without Rain ) characters seem to walk through their parts--their emotional turmoil, rather than being revealed, is simply stated. Despite a potentially compelling story and setting, this novel never comes to life. Ages 10-up. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of...


Cambodia (Lonely PlanetTravel Guides)
Nick Ray
1740595254
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Angkor Wat is just the beginning. If you want to dig deeper into the real Cambodia, this guide is your key. Unlock the mysteries of the sacred temples, share the Mekong with endangered dolphins, and eat with pythons and cobras by your side. With Lonely Planet, you'll have the adventure you always dreamed of. • EXPERT RESIDENT AUTHOR - providing the best insider tips and tricks • UNBEATABLE ACCURACY - updated on the road, in person • THE WORLD'S BEST TRAVEL MAPS • NO GUESSWORK - opinionated reviews and inspiring highlight sections • LISTINGS FOR ALL BUDGETS - from pinching pennies to living large

Excerpted from Lonely Planet Cambodia (Lonely Planet Cambodia) by Nick Ray. Copyright © 2002. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
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Swimming to Cambodia
Spalding Gray
1559362545
Apr 2005
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description

"It took courage to do what Spalding did-courage to make theatre so naked and unadorned, to expose himself in this way and fight the demons in public. In doing so, he entered our hearts-my heart-because he made his struggle my struggle. His life became my life."-Eric Bogosian

"Virtuosic. A master writer, reporter, comic and playwright. Spalding Gray is a sit-down monologist with the soul of a stand-up comedian. A contemporary Gulliver, he travels the globe in search of experience and finds the ridiculous."-The New York Times

In 2004, we mourned the loss of one of America's true theatrical innovators. Spalding Gray took his own life by jumping from the Staten Island ferry into the waters of New York Harbor, finally succumbing to the impossible notion that he could in fact swim to Cambodia. At a memorial...



First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
Loung Ung
0060856262
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Written in the present tense, First They Killed My Father will put you right in the midst of the action--action you'll wish had never happened. It's a tough read, but definitely a worthwhile one, and the author's personality and strength shine through on every page. Covering the years from 1975 to 1979, the story moves from the deaths of multiple family members to the forced separation of the survivors, leading ultimately to the reuniting of much of the family, followed by marriages and immigrations. The brutality seems unending--beatings, starvation, attempted rape, mental cruelty--and yet the narrator (a young girl) never stops fighting for escape and survival. Sad and courageous, her life and the lives of her young siblings provide quite a powerful example of how war can so deeply affect children--especially a war in...


Sideshow
William Shawcross
081541224X
Oct 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
This is the astonishing account of America's secret and illegal war against Cambodia from 1969 to 1973.


Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War
Karen J. Coates
0786420510
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Cambodia has never recovered from its Khmer Rouge past. The genocidal regime of 1975–1979 and the following two decades of civil war ripped the country apart. This work examines Cambodia in the aftermath, focusing on Khmer people of all walks of life and examining through their eyes key facets of Cambodian society, including the ancient Angkor legacy, relations with neighboring countries (particularly the strained ones with the Vietnamese), emerging democracy, psychology, violence, health, family, poverty, the environment, and the nation’s future. Along with print sources, research is drawn from hundreds of interviews with Cambodians, including farmers, royalty, beggars, teachers, monks, orphanage heads, politicians, and non-native experts on Cambodia. Dozens of exquisite photographs of Cambodian people...


Angkor: Celestial Temples of the Khmer
Jon Ortner, et al
0789207184
December 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
An exquisitely illustrated history and exploration of Angkor, the world's most astonishing architectural treasure. Built between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries by a succession of twelve Khmer kings, Angkor spreads over 120 square miles in Southeast Asia and includes scores of major architectural sites. In 802, when construction began on Angkor Wat, with wealth from rice and trade, Jayavarman ll took the throne, initiating an unparalleled period of artistic and architectural achievement, exemplified in the fabled ruins of Angkor, center of the ancient empire. Among the amazing pyramid and mandala shaped shrines preserved in the jungles of Cambodia, is Angkor Wat, the world's largest temple, an extraordinarily complex structure filled with iconographic detail and religious symbolism. Perhaps because of the...


Southeast Asia
New Holland Publishers Ltd
1843303213
May 2003
Calendar
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Book Description
Features key attractions, where to stay, distance and climate charts, and stunning photographs.


Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
Loung Ung
0060733950
April 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In her second memoir, Ung picks up where her first, the National Book Award–winning First They Killed My Father, left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in 1980 at age 10 and flying to her new home in Vermont. Though she embraces her American life—which carries advantages ranging from having a closet of her own to getting a formal education and enjoying The Brady Bunch—she can never truly leave her Cambodian life behind. She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three other siblings. This book is alternately heart-wrenching and heartwarming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung Ung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to reunite. Loung effectively juxtaposes chapters about herself and her sister to...


Cambodia
Marc Tyler Nobleman
0736813705
June 2002
Hardcover
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First They Killed My Father
Loung Ung
0613338960
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Written in the present tense, First They Killed My Father will put you right in the midst of the action--action you'll wish had never happened. It's a tough read, but definitely a worthwhile one, and the author's personality and strength shine through on every page. Covering the years from 1975 to 1979, the story moves from the deaths of multiple family members to the forced separation of the survivors, leading ultimately to the reuniting of much of the family, followed by marriages and immigrations. The brutality seems unending--beatings, starvation, attempted rape, mental cruelty--and yet the narrator (a young girl) never stops fighting for escape and survival. Sad and courageous, her life and the lives of her young siblings provide quite a powerful example of how war can so deeply affect children--especially a war in...


Pol Pot : Anatomy of a Nightmare (John MacRae Books)
Philip Short
0805066624
February 8, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Towards the beginning of this massive biography, Short cautions readers against dismissing the terror of Pol Pot's regime as the incomprehensible work of evil men. Instead, Short argues, the explanations for the Khmer Rouge regime, which resulted in the death of over one-fifth of Cambodia's population, or 1.5 million people, are "rooted in history." The book begins its search for these explanations in the early life of Saloth Sâr, a "mediocre student" whose political disengagement offered no hint of the ideological nightmare he would fashion under the name Pol Pot. As a student in Paris, Sâr's political philosophy slowly began to take shape, and the book deftly follows his political evolution abroad as a part of the "Cercle Marxiste" against the backdrop of the tumultuous history of Cambodia after the...


Cambodia
Dayaneetha De Silva
0836823222
January 2000
Hardcover
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Terrify No More : Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win Their Freedom
Gary A. Haugen, Gregg Hunter
0849918383
January 7, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Haugen, president of the Christian humanitarian organization International Justice Mission, peoples this account of IJM's efforts to rescue young girls from forced prostitution in Svay Pak, Cambodia, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. Written with the aid of communications consultant Hunter, the story, played for all its terrible drama, tells of girls sold into sex slavery by their families or tricked into it by the promise of legitimate work. IJM members, posing as customers, infiltrated the brothels, interviewed the girls and later staged successful rescue operations. Haugen credits the success of his work to God ("I believe we all yearn for the joy that arrives... when we find our own active place in the struggle against evil and discover the transforming power of life the Divine has granted to mere...


Cambodia
Lucent Books
1590181093
Feb 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A well-written and well-organized overview of the country's geography, turbulent history, culture, religions, people, and government. The textual sidebars, highlighting places, people, and culture, are interesting and informative. The black-and-white photos are not visually enticing but the color cover photo of children riding on an elephant through the streets of Phnom Penh is a draw. There are three maps: one showing the geographic boundaries of its Southeast Asian neighbors and major cities of Cambodia, another showing the Mekong River, and one of the Khmer Empire 889-1434. A useful resource for reports.Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CACopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
MultiCultural Review : "The book details...


Cambodian for Beginners
Richard Gilbert, Sovandy Hang
1887521445
July 2004
Audio CD
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Book Description
This set contains three CDs which follow the book "Cambodian for Beginners". It can help you to rapidly improve your speaking and listening skills in Cambodian. They are approximately three hours long in total. The tracks for the CDs include a Guide to Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Conversations and Sentences for Lessons One through Ten, Consonants, Vowels, Tones and Useful Words and Phrases.

About the Author
Richard Kent Gilbert is a Cambodian language linguist ever since he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in International Politics. He still keeps in close contact with the Cambodian community in both Cambodia and the United States. Mr. Gilbert currently resides in the San Francisco...


Cambodia
Brian Fawcett
0020321503
Oct 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The title essay--a rambling meditation on the U.S., Cambodia and Southeast Asia--runs across the bottom third of each page of this "peculiar collection." Sitting astride this text are 13 offbeat essays and stories, which PW found "slight," adding that "the odd layout is pointless and annoying." Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
"Cambodia: A Book For People Who Find Television Too Slow" is a ferociously brilliant book that challenges its readers to see the world with new eyes, in a new light. Through an arresting division of its pages-- thriteen wildly imaginative short stories at the top, and a passionate essay on colonialism and Southeast Asia at the bottom, running like a Mekong River footnote throughout the book-- Brian Fawcett startles,...


Cambodia
Rob Alcraft
1575728451
August 1999
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Provides an overview of Cambodia, introducing its land, landmarks, homes, food, clothes, work, transportation, language, school, sports, celebrations, and the arts.


Killing Fields, Living Fields
Peter Lewis (Foreword), Don Cormack
0825460026
June 30, 2001
Paperback
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Review
Church Libraries : A compelling and inspiring story about the Cambodian church!

J. I. Packer
"This heartwrenching, heartwarming narrative prompts tears, prayers, praises, and hopes in turn. It is a long time since I read anything so poignant."

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