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For insight into life (and death) under the reign of Pol Pot, pick up one of these books:
Luong Ung’s First They Killed My Father (Harper Collins) contains the haunting memories of a child during the rule of Pol Pot. Steering clear of political analysis, she contrasts her life under a tyrannical dictator with her life before the Khmer Rouge. In her second book, Lucky Child (Harper Collins), Ung reflects on her experiences in the United States after fleeing Cambodia and the experiences of the sister she left behind.
The title of Chanrithy Him’s memoir When Broken Glass Floats (W.W. Norton) refers to a time when, according to a Cambodian proverb, evil triumphs over good. Suffering labor camps, starvation, and the death of half of her family, Him weaves an unforgettable story of survival.
David Chandler’s Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison (University of California Press) draws on documentation from the Tuol Sleng Detention Center and ponders the forces that fostered widespread brutality and murder.
In addition to being available in the United States, many of these books can easily be bought in Cambodia also. Look for them in the “gift shop” at Choeung Ek or in the souvenir stalls around Siem Reap.
Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).
Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.
Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.