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Alive in the Killing Fields: The True Story of Nawuth Keat, a Khmer Rouge Survivor

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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 invas
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jolie
Nov 20, 2015 Jolie rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed the real-life memoir, Alive in the Killing Fields, by Nawuth Keat because of the truthfulness in the book. Nawuth’s life makes the readers regret taking anything for granted, and allows people to appreciate family, friends, and everything they have. This nonfiction memoir talks about a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. The book starts off when young Nawuth’s village, Salatrave, is attacked when brutal dictator Pol Pot overruns the government. Without any warning ...more
Siliang Lei
Jun 13, 2015 Siliang Lei rated it it was amazing
I would give the book, “Alive in the Killing Fields,” 5 out of 5 stars. The book makes the reader want to finish the book as fast as possible. The author talks about the life of a depressed boy named Nawuth. The book describes Nawuth as previously having a great family and lots of happiness. However, a group called the Khmer Rouge destroyed and demolished Nawuth happiness. The Khmer Rouge charged into Nawuth town and killed anybody they saw. Nawuth’s mom and his other relatives died because of t ...more
Lily Jin
May 03, 2015 Lily Jin rated it really liked it
This is a chilling story of a boy who's life immediately became chaotic and depressing. He grew up in a period of time when the Khmer Rouge was incredibly strong. The story starts off with the Khmer Rouge arriving at his small town to attack. Within 5 minutes, his mother, baby sister, grandmother, and much of his family is killed. He suffers three bullet wounds and is forever left with the scars. He immediately goes to where his older sister lives, but soon after, the Khmer Rouge makes many peop ...more
Shunnosuke Yelich Kanematsu
This book is a book based on the life of a boy who lost most of his family at a young age, who had to thrive and go through hard obstacles to love, and enjoy the life he loved to live. Honestly, this story isn't very amusing. But anyways, here's the summary. 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 countr ...more
Amy
Dec 10, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Very interesting account of a Cambodian who was a child when he managed to survive the years of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and then finally immigrated to the U.S. He recounts all the horrors and atrocities he witnessed during the years of the Cambodian Civil Wars in the 1970s. I read this book out loud to my 2 children, age 9 and 11. My 11-year-old was especially fascinated.
Mohammed
Mop (a Cambodian boy) wanted to live a peaceful life with his family, but one day in the middle of the night the Khmer Rouge attacks his village. So then they're running away to they're next door neighbor (which is there grandmother), but half his family gets killed trying to escape. Mop has been wounded and shot on his arm. Later on they discover that his arm was broken. Then Mops dad want to send him to his sister in the city to live with her.
Ayla
Nov 20, 2015 Ayla rated it it was ok
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Stefan
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Matt the Bruin
Nov 20, 2015 Matt the Bruin rated it it was amazing

The book, Alive In The Killing Fields, by Nawuth Keat with Martha E. Kendall is an autobiography about the life of a young boy in Cambodia who had to face the inhumane acts of the Khmer Rouge. Nawuth, Chantha, Lee, Bunna, Hackley, Chanty, and their parents were a close family who owned a farm. They were one of the more wealthy families which allowed them to eat plenty of food, go to school, and live a stable life. The family was strong, caring and well bonded with each other. One night it all c
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Justin
Nov 20, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
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Nicky B
Nov 20, 2015 Nicky B rated it it was amazing
The memoir “Alive In The Killing Fields” By Nawuth Keat and Martha E.Kendall talks about the story of a young boy with black hair of the age of nine named Nawuth Keat caught in the middle Khmer Rouge Genocide in Cambodia. The characters in this book include Nawuth, Chanthu and Van Lee and Nawuth’s father as well as several other people. This book took place in Cambodia in 1973-1982 during the reign of Khmer Rouge. This book captured the long journey of Nawuth after most of his family is brutall ...more
Toby
Nov 20, 2015 Toby rated it liked it
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Colin Bernoteit
Oct 03, 2015 Colin Bernoteit rated it really liked it

The purpose of Nawuth Keat and Martha E. Kendall writing Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide is to educate the reader. Nawuth, with the help of one of his college professors, Martha E. Kendall, wanted people to know the story about what happened in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge, a violent, radical communist group in Cambodia that tried to overthrow the government from 1968 to the late 1990’s. The author’s purpose is stated when Nawuth said: “I want people to know the
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Kevin Bravo
Dec 19, 2014 Kevin Bravo rated it it was amazing
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Allegra
Dec 18, 2014 Allegra rated it really liked it
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Annie Chen
Dec 04, 2014 Annie Chen rated it really liked it
"Alive in the Killing Fields" by Nawuth Keat is a biography of a boy who struggled through to live his life. Nawuth was a survivor from the khmer rouge years. He managed to escape form the Khmer Rouge along with the remaining of his family who were still alive even though he was shot three times and his other family members were all injured and in pain. This biography was told in first person but, the book was written by Nawuth's friend, Martha Kendall. While Nawuth was telling his story, Martha ...more
Martha Schwalbe
Jun 20, 2014 Martha Schwalbe rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was not quite as brutal as Never Fall Down, a fiction book that I think will pair well with this book. I would recommend this book to any student who is interested in history, in war, or in Cambodia.
As I read certain parts I was reminded of a former student who fled with her family from Cambodia. She ended up at CSU Fullerton in my beginning swimming class. One of the requirements for my class was to write a goals paper. She came late into class so I told her that
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Jessie010601
Dec 22, 2014 Jessie010601 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alive in the Killing Fields by Nawuth Keat and Martha Kendall is a sorrowful, memoir about a strong boy surviving the Khmer Rouge. Keat lived with his parents and siblings in Salvatrave, Cambodia. He was a loving well fed boy who went to school and played with his brothers. His dad was a rice farmer and owned a motorcycle and tractor. This made Nawuth’s family well known in the community and even put them in potential risk of the Khmer Rouge. This book takes place mainly all over Cambodia where ...more
Gabby21
Dec 21, 2014 Gabby21 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kasey
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michelle27001
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Shannon
It was a quick read and gave the reader a small glimpse at the atrocities that happened during the Khmer Rouge. It was a pretty basic read - but I think that may be because it was for young readers and they didn't want to expose young readers to how bad it really was.
Jennifer Denney
Wow. This is a powerful story about a young Cambodian boy whose family was murdered in front of him by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. He and his remaining family members were forced into slave labor by the Khmer Rouge (AKA Red Communists) with the fear of being murdered or starved every day of their lives. He suffered horrible atrocities including sleeping on the bones of the dead, skin infections from always being on wet surfaces, intestinal blockages from eating non-edible rice chaff, getting s ...more
Mint
Jan 25, 2015 Mint rated it it was amazing
Survive... the author brings a whole new meaning to this word. Alive in the Killing Fields is about life under the Khmer Rouge, a time of chaos. The book gives interesting insight into the daily life of people under this oppression and what occurred afterwards. It makes a historical event that is otherwise impersonal, personal. I read it in an evening, so even if you aren't sure if you'll like it (and you probably will), reading it won't take long (the font is HUGE). At times it can be graphic, ...more
Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 Mrs. Hassig rated it really liked it
I guess I can't get through a month without reading something about genocide. This book is so tragic and Nawuth so precious that it makes you emotional and weepy. Many parts of this book are so disturbing and horrific as to be surreal. And to think America's leaving Vietnam brought the Khmer Rouge about. I have mixed feelings of guilt and anger and sadness. Thank God many of the Cambodian refugees were able to come to America and have a better life. How they were ever able to put this nightmare ...more
Michael
Mar 09, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
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Lance17
Dec 21, 2014 Lance17 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Grace Choi
May 28, 2014 Grace Choi rated it it was amazing
What do you think of when someone says "The Killing Fields," how do you respond to that question? What do you feel? This book, Alive in the Killing Fields: The True Story of Nawuth Keat, a Khmer Rouge Survivor, Nawuth Keat, the author, describes the experiences of his own life and surviving all of the bad experiences that he had to go through in his lifetime. Starting from watching his own family die in his arms to being separated with his loved ones brings many sadness and unhappiness to his li ...more
Kate11
Jan 08, 2015 Kate11 rated it really liked it
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