Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide

Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide

by Nawuth Keat, Martha Kendall

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Alive in the Killing Fields is the real-life memoir of Nawuth Keat, a man who survived the horrors of war-torn Cambodia. He has now broken a longtime silence in the hope that telling the truth about what happened to his people and his country will spare future generations from similar tragedy.

In this captivating memoir, a young Nawuth defies the odds and survives the invasion of his homeland by the Khmer Rouge. Under the brutal reign of the dictator Pol Pot, he loses his parents, young sister, and other members of his family. After his hometown of Salatrave was overrun, Nawuth and his remaining relatives are eventually captured and enslaved by Khmer Rouge fighters. They endure physical abuse, hunger, and inhumane living conditions. But through it all, their sense of family holds them together, giving them the strength to persevere through a time when any assertion of identity is punishable by death.

Nawuth’s story of survival and escape from the Killing Fields of Cambodia is also a message of hope; an inspiration to children whose worlds have been darkened by hardship and separation from loved ones. This story provides a timeless lesson in the value of human dignity and freedom for readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426306662
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 351,852
File size: 391 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nawuth Keat survived the horrors of war in Cambodia, escaped to Thailand, and came to the U.S. as a teen. Now an American citizen, he understands what freedom means. He lives with his wife and children in Hollister, CA.

Martha E. Kendall has written several nonfiction books for children including National Geographic’s The Erie Canal. Kendall attended the Eastman School of Music, where she studied the cello. She sings and plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, penny whistle, and bass. She lives in Los Gatos, CA.

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Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alive in the Killing Fields is an amazing read! I highly recommend this book. Alive in the Killing Fields is a very upsetting story which will leave you appreciating all that you have now in your life. Alive in the Killing Fields is about a young Cambodian boy growing up through the evil power of the Khmer Rouge. He and his family with all the other civilians are struggling to survive the harsh treatment of the Khmer Rouge. They are forced to work in the rice fields and not eat any of it. The Khmer Rouge will kill anyone who complains or who they don't like. Families are seperated and killed in front of each other. This book is very descriptive and a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book Alive in the Killing Fields by Nawuth Keat. One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was the fact that everything that Keat describes is full of detail, which makes you feel as if you were present in the scene. Another thing that I found as a positive to the book was the fast pacing of it. Keat gives you just enough information on the subject to keep you on the edge of your seat without “boring” you with the time or “dull” details in between. I think you would like this book if you are interested in the movement of the Khmer Rouge or if you just want to read a book that you won’t want to put down! Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would give it a 3½ stars out of 5!
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