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The Death and Life of Dith Pran

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  • Hardcover: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (21 May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670808571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670808571
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,467,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nothing wrong with the book, albeit a little pricy for its very small size.
You could read it in one sitting if required, the point is put across though and more than worth reading if you have an interest in this terrible era of Cambodia's past.
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At only 78pp I was not sure that I would really get the feel of war torn Cambodia but if you saw the film "The Killing Fields" then the book was the basis of the film. The film is very inaccurate in places to the book and everything in the text is very strong powerful and at time heartbreaking.

I would recommend this book to any student or reader interested in the Killing Fields ethnic cleansing.

Buy the DVD too. The Killing Fields [DVD] [1984]
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I thought this book could have been longer but it tells of a very brave man who went to great lengths to escape a violent regime.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96201bd0) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x96201e64) out of 5 stars Powerful and fascinating 14 Jun. 2003
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Format: Paperback
There are two parts of this story, told in the film "The Killing Fields." The story of Dith Pran, who was working as a locally-hired photographer for NY Times reporter Sydney Schanberg at the time of the fall of Phnom Penh to Khmer Rouge troops in 1975, is of a man who manages to survive the horrors of a genocide which was directed by Cambodians toward Cambodians, and resulted in the death of (estimates vary) 1/4 to 1/3 of the country's population in less than four years. Schanberg's story of his own guilt and fear about what had happened to his friend is powerful and disturbing in its own way. This book is essentially the publication in book form of a long article in the New York Times Sunday magazine. You cannot help but be drawn into the story, which is clearly written and, while compassionate, manages to be dispassionate and matter-of-fact, in a way that good journalism can be.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x962a6f3c) out of 5 stars Important journalism at the time of publication 19 Oct. 2012
By M.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Death and Life of Dith Pran" and Schanberg's reporting helped introduce America to the Cambodian Genocide. Because of that, this book is of historical and literary significance. However, being published in a newspaper just a year after the Cambodian Genocide ended, there was not much time for Schanberg or anyone else to do much research into the matter. As such, this book is mostly about Schanberg's despondency after losing his friend Dith Pran for four years. The book also covers what happened to Pran during the Genocide, albeit briefly and without much detail. The book is less than 80 pages.

Since being published, numerous memoirs and studies about the Cambodian Genocide have replaced the importance of "The Death and Life of Dith Pran." There is a wealth of new scholarly information, journalism, and biography from which readers can pull information from besides this book. Nevertheless, "The Death and Life of Dith Pran" was important from a cultural perspective.
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HASH(0x96a63d98) out of 5 stars Actually the magazine piece--well written and compelling account 24 Oct. 2013
By FrancesM - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book (a used copy) when looking for writings based in the Cambodia/Vietnam area--prior to a planned trip to the region. Honest telling by Schanberg of his relationship with Pran--the good aspects as well as the undue influence imposed on Pran when the Americans were pulling out.
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HASH(0x96a63d08) out of 5 stars Loved the Movie 26 May 2013
By newkindlefan - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the movie tat was based on this book. This slim volume captures what the movie could not. A treasure.
HASH(0x962dda8c) out of 5 stars 感動しました 25 July 2016
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Killing Fields の元になっていたことは知りませんでした。著者の書いた記事をもっと読みたくなりました。
It's an absolutely amazing and heart warming story!
I am definitely going to see the movie again.
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