To Destroy You is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family

To Destroy You is No Loss The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family This amazing book was written by California author Joan Criddle who has done a remarkable job in simulating the words of a Cambodian American Silicon Valley computer programmer Teeda Butt Mam the d

  • Title: To Destroy You is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
  • Author: Joan D. Criddle
  • ISBN: 9780963220516
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • This amazing book was written by California author Joan Criddle, who has done a remarkable job in simulating the words of a Cambodian American, Silicon Valley computer programmer Teeda Butt Mam, the daughter of a Lon Nol minor government official When Phnom Pehn fell, Teeda was fifteen years old and attending an English school in the city As a pampered child of a well toThis amazing book was written by California author Joan Criddle, who has done a remarkable job in simulating the words of a Cambodian American, Silicon Valley computer programmer Teeda Butt Mam, the daughter of a Lon Nol minor government official When Phnom Pehn fell, Teeda was fifteen years old and attending an English school in the city As a pampered child of a well to do urban family, she was not prepared to endure the hardships and the horrors which she would soon be forced to experience.Upon the defeat of the Lon Nol Khmer Republic, Pol Pot founded Democratic Kampuchea and launched the economic plan of his French trained associate, Khieu Samphan, who held that land was the source of all wealth Khieu spurned technological and industrial development According to him, only agricultural abundance and high prices for agricultural products could create economic prosperity He viewed the Cambodian peasant as a natural man whose knowledge of agriculture was a sufficient education for anyone if supplemented with an elementary knowledge of reading, writing, and arithmetic He also believed that educated urbanites had been so corrupted by Western ideas and values that they were a useless entity in the economic body unless they could be successfully re educated brainwashed and transformed into ideologically correct peasants otherwise, he believed they should be destroyed, not being any loss to the country Khieu s plan was designed to be put into effect with ruthless force And it was.As terrible, as horrible, as depressing as it is to learn how political and economic extremism can distort human perception and turn men into beasts, Teeda s story is at the same time absorbing, edifying, and ennobling even hopeful She and her family are exemplars of human courage, determination, and resourcefulness After four years spent in slave labor and another year in a frustrating attempt to escape with her family to the United States, their spirit of liberty was never crushed If their destruction was no loss to the Khmer Rouge, their preservation has been a decided gain for the citizenry of the United States

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    1. Joan D. Criddle Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the To Destroy You is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family book, this is one of the most wanted Joan D. Criddle author readers around the world.

    2. The title, as explained in the opening pages, is taken from a Khmer Rouge slogan, “To keep you is no benefit; to destroy you is no loss,” used to keep the Cambodian people in submission (see 93, 104, 153). Although this is not a literary masterpiece, it is an emotional one. I am grateful to come from a home where my father spoke of how America had betrayed Southeast Asia—not by being there, but in its failure and departure, a loss of nerve, principle, and commitment. This book speaks of th [...]

    3. A book along the lines of Three Swans, this told the story of a Cambodian family suffering under the Communist regime instituted by Pol Pot. Over and over again, I see the same pattern of despots destroying family, religion, and education to control and demoralize people. The family's perseverance and ability to cling to hope and each was inspiring.

    4. This is a harrowing and amazing story, made only that much more incredible to know that it is a true story. It is not a book you can read lightly, and you may not smile for a day or two when you put it down, but it is still an absolute must read. We live in such an insulated and fortunate state that we can easily forget the kind of cruelty that still fills the world. A book like this is a powerful reminder of how fortunate we are, and how important it is that we try to make the world a better pl [...]

    5. This book was intense. And really good. And mind-blowing. Its not the most well-written thing you'll read this year, but it is straightforward in its retelling of the true story of a young woman and her family who lived through the rise and fall of Pol Pot's Cambodian regime (Khmer Rouge) in the 1970's. I found the story truly compelling and could hardly put it down. I was fascinated not only by how Teeda and her family survived, but also by learning how the Khmer Rouge came into power and kept [...]

    6. This was a thoroughly fascinating book and by far the best personal account of survival during the Pol Pot regime that I have read. Of the other 12 first-person stories that I've finished in the past year, only this book really attempted to put the survivor's experience into historical and cultural context, explaining some of the history and background to the Khmer Rouge nightmare and helping the reader understand how Khmer culture devolved during the communist nightmare (her portrayal of how Kh [...]

    7. I almost have no words to describe my dismay and incredulity at the events outlined in this book. Around the time I was born in America, Cambodians were undergoing a a mass genocide at the hands of ideological communists whose ignorant demagoguery nearly destroyed an entire culture and people, all in the name of "equality." To quote the narrator, "The communists promised equality. Indeed, we were rapidly becoming equal. Equally hungry. Equally homeless. Equally fearful." Told from the perspectiv [...]

    8. The writing is not five star quality, but the historical content is. This is a must-read, in my opinion. The author includes a succinct history of Cambodia before and after the fall of the government. The story chronicles a well-to-do family in Phnom Phen who was forced by the Khmer Rouge to leave their home at a moment's notice (the entire city of 3 million was evacuated within a couple of days of taking power). This family then toils under the insane regime for five years, eventually escaping [...]

    9. This is one of the most moving books I have ever read. It is a biography written by an lds author in first person narrative. It chronicles the life of a young girl and her family in Cambodia in the 1970's. I read this book as part of a World History Class at BYU. WARNING: It is graphic and not a happy feel good story. It's been a long time since I read it but I learned things I had never even heard of that went on in our world at the time I was a young child. When my family was living in Kansas [...]

    10. This has probably been one of the hardest books I've read. I had to take it in sections. The horrors of this account can make you sick. I wanted to learn more about Cambodia's history after visiting that amazing (and hot!) country in May 2015. While there, I was blown away by the people. I was so impressed by the kindness and the cheerful nature of people who had been through some of the worst things imaginable. After learning more about the horrors inflicted during the Khmer Rouge, I am inspire [...]

    11. Okay, maybe more like 3 1/2 stars, because I really couldn't put it down. The compelling account of the Cambodian genocide--which I had never even heard of--was stunning. I really enjoyed the Teeda's voice as she recounted her family's miraculous story of survival. The author was often able to portray a horrifying scene with only a few carefully chosen words, rather than being overly-graphic. I promise--it didn't take much description to bring some of the travesties to vivid life. The only thing [...]

    12. This is the fourth in a series of books that I have selected to read in preparation for a trip to Southeast Asia. A memoir, this one felt real and I learned so much, as Criddle is a gifted story teller. The unimaginable suffering of political refugees is painful to even imagine, and I found myself taking occasional breaks from the book. It is hard to really understand the scope of loss and devastation in these lives. The prologue and epilogue alone make this one of the more relevant books I have [...]

    13. This was a painful book to read. But it's one of those books you feel is also necessary and raises your awareness. I knew about the Khmer Rouge; I knew there was a genocide; I didn't know enough. The book is written with a surprisingly unemotional bend--just the facts and details, and very little extra. The writing isn't poetic or beautiful, but it doesn't have to be to keep you reading. It's a book that, when you finish, you can't help but feel 1) awash with gratitude for the fortune life has h [...]

    14. This is probably the saddest book I have ever read. I always tell my husband about the book I am reading as I am reading it and he kept asking me why I was reading this one because it was so depressing. I am one that thinks that even the sad points in history should be remembered (so that hopefully they won't be repeated) so I thought it was a worthwhile read. I am so grateful to this family for sharing their story, and I am so amazed with them for having gone through so much without giving up. [...]

    15. I can't say this was an enjoyable book by any means. It's filled with atrocities and horrors and heartbreaking pain.But it serves a purpose. It serves to highlight how awful the Cambodian genocide was (I hadn't even heard much about it before I read this book for school.). This was an awful thing in our world, but the truth is, people didn't know that the awful slaughters were happening until after the fact.This isn't a book that I would normally read, but it opened up my eyes to one of the wors [...]

    16. The awesome true story of how the human spirit survives during the darkest of times. A Cambodian family's journey through the genocide in their country during the 70's. Totally enlightening, I wasn't aware of the extent of this country's suffering. And to think it happened during my lifetime. Unfortunately, it continues around the world today. Teeda and her family's story is real and well written. The everyday workings of a normal family in horrific circumstances and how they survive. I will be [...]

    17. This was such a hard book to read. It follows the life of Teeda Butt Mann a Cambodian Pol Pot years. A controversial holocaust that I had no idea even happened! "To destroy you is no loss" was the slogan of the Khmer Rouge, the group that took power and treated everyone as less than a grain of rice. I was appalled to learn that millions of educated people were shuffled out of their homes, killed or relocated to the country to grow rice. And the Khmer Rouge's idea of a perfect communist society w [...]

    18. This true story is co-written by Teeda, a 15-year old girl from Cambodia. It tells of her late 1970's experience during a mass genocide of her people, her survival and escape, then the force of her going back into Cambodia. It talks about her strength to go back and smuggle across the border a second time with her family, and her emigration experience to America. This was an historical event I hadn't heard about before, and won't soon forget. It's so easy to take all of our daily luxuries for gr [...]

    19. I had a hard time putting this one down. It was an amazing and heartbreaking story of loss and survival. Everyone needs to read this book.

    20. I went to to visit a childcare centre in Cambodia a couple of years ago. There, I ate rubbery, tasteless bread (which is strange, as I've heard ex-colonies of France have good bread) but had flavourful, fragrant coffee. The caretaker spoke of Pol Pot over tea. I returned home to a stinking house of rotting meat in the freezer. (It's still the worst return home I've ever had.) A week later, I watched the 1984 Killing Fields movie. It was horrific. However, the life of the main character's actor, [...]

    21. To Destroy You Is No Loss by Joan Criddle is really an eye opening book. It's about the Cambodian holocaust, something that I had never learned about. Considering this was fairly recent (within the past fifty years), I would have expected it to be something that I would have known.Through Criddle's use of descriptive language, the reader gets a personal look at what life was like for Teeda and her family. This descriptive language appeals to pathos, making it hard not to sympathize for Teeda. Th [...]

    22. I read "Unbroken" (WW2 POWs in Japan), then "Left to Tell" (Rwandan holocaust), and now "To Destroy You is No Loss" about the Communist take over of Cambodia. These three books have left my heart truly grieving for the terror and suffering so many have had to endure because of power-hungry, diabolical individuals who were able to sway masses to commit atrocities against others. The first two mentioned books also are about forgiveness, but this book was a straight forward account of what happened [...]

    23. "I have lived in three very different worlds. For fifteen years, I was a pampered child of a well-to-do family in Phnom Penh, then, for four years, a slave in a rural Communist commune. And I am now a professional woman with a demanding career, a wife and mother; an American citizen. Repeatedly, the Khmer Rouge told us that we were insignificant, that to destroy us was no loss. Revenge in the Western sense can be a destructive force in the life of a wronged person, but for Cambodians revenge has [...]

    24. I met Thida in the 1980's, and came to read her book. A stirring first person (apparently ghost written) account of Thida and her family's escape from Pol Pot's Cambodia. Told simply and without hyperbole, it starts with a chill that builds to a shudder by the book's end. You experience the early days of the Leftist Khmer Rouge and their rapid rise to power and insistence that their political opponents were not to be tolerated. Shades of how our modern Left demonizes the Tea Party as "racist" an [...]

    25. This book is moving in the way that the events it tells of are horrifying, brutal, and sad. However, it fails to convey anything personal; we, as readers, have no real connection with Teeda Mam or her story. The writing is just too distant, too clumsy, to allow a feeling of interest in her life. The reason behind this is simple: it is a third person narrative. Joan D. Criddle, who actually wrote the book, was telling the story of Teedam Butt Mam, who I assume was sponsored by the former. To be c [...]

    26. I have been so grateful for my decision to participate in the Olympic Reading Challenge because it has given me the opportunity to learn about people, places, and events that I would probably never have learned about, otherwise. This book is the story of Teeda Butt Mam who grew up in an elite, wealthy family in Phnom Penh prior to the fall of the Cambodian governemt under the Khmer Rouge. It details the genocide of millions of Cambodians under the hands of the Communist Government. It is amazing [...]

    27. This amazing story of what Cambodians went through between 1975 and 1979 leaves me to wonder how America could stick its nose into a war with Northern Vietnam in order to try to prevent communists from taking over Southern Vietnam, but America completely overlooked the much more barbaric communist struggle in Cambodia until the Vietnamese actually invaded Cambodia and became near saviors of the Cambodian people who had been living in poverty and genocide for 4 years. This story really makes me c [...]

    28. This was a terrible, wonderful book. I definitely didn't like it, but I'm very glad I read it. This book made me marvel that such atrocities could exist in a modern era, but more so that I could have been ignorant of them all this time. Seriously, I knew next to nothing about the "Cambodian Holocaust" as it is referred to in this book. The disregard for life on the part of Communist leaders in Cambodia was appalling and unfathomable. Really, how could such a thing happen? In this kind of book, I [...]

    29. There are many books telling personal accounts of the horror of living under the Khmer Rouge and it's hard to know which to choose when first getting acquainted with Cambodia's history. Make this the one you chose. I have never read a more moving book. The story of this family is unbelievable and yet it was all recounted from the survivors themselves. It is endlessly impressive to me how well the author told the story of this family and I imagine it must have taken countless hours of time to lis [...]

    30. This is an amazing story of family, survival, perseverance, and resilience in the face of incredible adversity. It's the story of Teeda Butt and her family's survival of the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s. The story itself is worthy of five stars, but I found the delivery oppressive.My complaint is that it reads like a history text or research paper. It's very informative, but after setting it aside for months I had to force myself into a chapter a night goal to get through it. About 3/4 of the [...]

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