Pol Pot's Khmar Rouge government was idealist and Luddite. They depopulated the cities, killed educated people, and drove the country into panic. 21% of the population were killed or died of famine or disease.
Chanrithy Him's story tells of her evacuation from Phnem Penh, her relocation to a farm, death of her parents and some siblings, a series of child labor camps, and eventual escape. I wanted to see what happened to her since she got to the US, and she did finish college. She is active in the local Cambodian community.
I read a lot of books that I don't recommend, but I really liked this one. I read it instead of my escapist novels.
The Cambodian genocide is terrible episode. This site has pictures.
I picked this book at Amazon, but looking for books with five star recommendations from the largest number of readers. This strategy worked great here.