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When the Clouds Fell from the Sky: A Daughter's Search for Her Father in the Killing Fields of Cambodia Hardcover – 1 Aug 2019

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Like Auschwitz, like Stalin's purges, the mass murders of the Khmer Rouge are one of those extraordinary events that make us wonder about the human capacity for evil. Through a profoundly moving tale that weaves together the connected stories of a victim, his surviving family, and members of the regime, Robert Carmichael brings us into the heart of the darkness that took over Cambodia, bringing it alive in the way no mere statistics can. I've not seen a comparable book about these horrors.

What does it mean to say two million people lost their lives during the years of Khmer Rouge rule? The true answer can only be told in microcosm, as Robert Carmichael has done in this intimate and heartbreaking story of the disappearance of one man, and the decades of suffering that followed as his family searched for answers.

Crisply written, elegantly constructed and thoroughly researched . . . a perceptive, often heart-breaking book.

A standout. Carmichael . . . both humanizes the story and brings new insights into the causes of the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror. - Christian Science Monitor

Both the poignant story of a young woman seeking the truth about her father's disappearance . . . and an unflinching portrait of the executioner who oversaw the torture chamber where he was imprisoned. An unforgettable book.

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In 1977, young diplomat Ouk Ket was recalled to Cambodia 'to get educated to better fulfil [his] responsibilities'. Left behind in Paris were his French wife and their two young children; they never saw him again. Through this tragedy, the book explores the infamous S-21 prison, the UN-backed trial of its commander, and Cambodia's years of terror.

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Justin Time
5.0 out of 5 starsAn eternally relevant story
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