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When the Clouds Fell from the Sky

Author : Robert Carmichael
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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.' Adam Hochschild, award-winning author of King Leopold's Ghost '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.' Seth Mydans, former Southeast Asia correspondent for the New York Times 'As moving as it is well researched. Robert Carmichael's sharp prose and depth of knowledge of Cambodia's history transforms a daughter's search for her missing father into a nation's journey to find peace and reconciliation with its brutal history of genocide.' Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father 'Brilliant and vivid . . . Carmichael skilfully weaves personal accounts with history and reflective analysis, giving essential context to the violence . . . a powerful and compelling story that avoids casting the perpetrators as "monsters"; instead, showing them to be terrifyingly ordinary. And throughout, Martine and Neary's anguished quest for answers brings home the true scope of the suffering that reached far beyond the walls of S-21.' Nic Dunlop, author of The Lost Executioner During the Khmer Rouge's four-year reign of terror, two million people died in Cambodia. In describing one family's quest to learn their husband's and father's fate and the war crimes trial of Comrade Duch, who ran the notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, When the Clouds Fell from the Sky illuminates the tragedy of a nation. Having been found responsible for the deaths of more than 12,000 people, Duch was the first Khmer Rouge member to be jailed for crimes committed during Pol Pot's catastrophic 1975-9 rule during which millions were executed or died from starvation, illness and overwork. The Khmer Rouge closed Cambodia's borders, barred all communication with the outside world and sought to turn the clock back to Year Zero. They outlawed religion, markets, money, education and even the concept of family. But the revolution soon imploded, driven to destruction by the incompetence and paranoia of the leadership. Like hundreds of others, when he returned in 1977, Ouk Ket was utterly unaware of the terrors being wrought in the revolution's name. Carmichael has woven together the stories of five people whose lives intersected to traumatic effect: Duch; Ket's daughter, Neary, who was just two when her father disappeared; Ouk Ket himself; Ket's French wife, Martine; and Ket's cousin, Sady, who never left Cambodia and still lives there today. Through these personal stories and months spent following Duch's trial, Carmichael extrapolates from the experience of one man to tell the story of a nation. In doing so, he reaffirms the value of the individual, countering the Khmer Rouge's nihilistic maxim that: 'To keep you is no benefit, to destroy you is no loss.'

The World s Least Interesting Master Swordsman Volume 6

Author : Rokurou Akashi
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"I've spent three thousand years preparing to kill you--" Fukei has plunged the Kingdom into darkness using storm clouds under his command. An Immortal who has spent millennia training to defeat Suiboku, Fukei commands the heavens and earth and is nigh unkillable due to his Immortal Arts. Even wielding the power of the Legendary Sword Eckesachs, Saiga can do little against this overwhelming force. As Fukei threatens to destroy the Arcana Kingdom, Suiboku returns to the mortal world after thousands of years to save his apprentice's students and to apologize to Fukei. Apprentices who trained as brothers now face off, marshaling centuries of skill and power in a tragic and bitter fight to the death.

A Professor A President and A Meteor

Author : Cathryn J. Prince
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When a fiery meteor crash in 1807 lit up the dark early-morning sky in Weston, Connecticut, it did more than startle the few farmers in the sleepy village. More importantly, it sparked the curiosity of Benjamin Silliman, a young chemistry professor at nearby Yale College. His rigorous investigation of the incident started a chain of events that eventually brought the once-low standing of American science to sudden international prominence. And, by coincidence, the event also embroiled Silliman in politics, pitting him against no less an adversary than President Thomas Jefferson. Based on a wealth of original source documents and interiews with current experts in history, astronomy, and geology, this journalist tells the remarkable story of Benjamin Silliman, arguably America’s first bonafide scientist. In a lively narrative rich with fascinating historical detail, the author documents the primitive state of American science at the time; Silliman’s careful analysis of the meteor samples; and the publication of his conclusions, which contradicted both popular superstitions regarding meteors as ominous portents and a common belief that meteors come from volcanic eruptions on the moon. She also describes Silliman’s struggles to build a chemistry department at Yale with rudimentary material; new insights into geology that resulted from his analysis of the meteor; and his report to the prestigious French Academy, which raised the prestige of American science. Finally, she discusses the political turbulence of the time, which Silliman could not escape, and how the meteor event was used to drive a wedge between New England and Jefferson. This is a fascinating vignette of Federal Period America when science on this continent was still in its infancy, but was just beginning to make its mark.

Battle God Emperor

Author : Feng ShiSanLang
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The invincible Heaven Fighting Saint was betrayed by his celestial wife and brothers. He was reborn in his youth and swore to become the War God Emperor in this world. He would crush all strong enemies and peerless beauties and beat them up! A hot-blooded battle with no end in sight! In the vast and boundless Pangu Continent, large and small sects, ancient sacred lands, ancient aristocratic clans, and ten thousand different dynasties competed against each other; in the many secular dynasties, the imperial power was supreme, ruling over ten thousand miles. Was it to become an ant or an ordinary spirit, or to condense battle qi to become a warrior, to awaken the three types of battle spirits, to experience hundreds of battles to comprehend the four types of battle force, to become a peerless expert, to become a Holy Land of War, to shatter the void, and to compete with the Heavens! This was a world of warriors, cultivating battle qi, transforming the soul of war, condensing battle force, and rising above all worlds!

Heavenly Emperor of Gu

Author : Qiang Zai
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His beloved girl actually killed him on the wedding night, and his heart was penetrated by a sharp weapon and died. But he would not die so easily. Five hundred years later, he was born again to a teenager, determined to figure out why his wife killed him. He began a long cultivation path, and at the same time he gained the ability to live forever. Eventually, he grew into a peak power, and those who tried to hurt him were punished.☆About the Author☆Qiang Zai, a well-known online novelist, is good at writing novels of martial arts and fantasy, and his representative works include: Heavenly Emperor of Gu and Great Martial Arts System. Both novels received high marks.

Prince s Multifaceted Wife

Author : Mu Yao
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His three good friends had traveled all the way to the ancient times and used his Director to avenge their people. In order to solve the case, she had met Long Aotian for the first time. Binger had kidnapped him, threatened him, and tied Long Aotian's heart onto her. From then on, the two of them became entangled with each other due to various cases.

The Horseman That Fell from the Sky

Author : Fred Valdez
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A fast moving novel of faith, love, war and romance that brings to life young Francisco Cordova. A Texas born Mexican American,(Tejanos as they were referred to) Francisco was born and raised on the large Trully horse ranch and farm. As were his parents and grandparents before him, working and training horses for the rodeo. Part of young Francisco's job, other than to grow up learning to ride and train horses,was to look after young Rose Trully, the only child of Judge John Trully, the owner of the ranch and his family's employer. As teenagers, he and Rose had to suppress their love for each other fearing there parents would separate them. the outbreak of or war in 1941 changed everyone's life. Rose went off to Harvard to study law as her father had and Francisco enlisted in the Army Air Corp serving as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. His plane was seriously damaged in aerial combat over German occupied France where he bailed out. Unconscious and wounded he was rescued by a beautiful young woman in the French Resistance only to learn he had lost his memory, thus beginning two and a half years of war,romance, and adventure.


Author : C.S. Dinkel
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Four hundred years ago, an apocalyptic Greatstorm shattered civilization and ushered in a new age of darkness. Now, devastating Storms strike every night, ripping open the heavens and summoning feral, alien creatures known as ghoblins. In the desert, in one of the Sanctuary Cities, a young slave-warrior feels the Storm pulsing within him. To the far north, in the icy regions of the Glaciers, the son of a mapmaker travels alone, searching for purpose after ghoblins take everything he loves. Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction. Ghoblins armies assemble as the Storms grow in fury, and in the darkness there are whispers of a new Greatstorm rising... Prophecy calls it the Worldstorm.

The Super King of Cheating

Author : Jiu XuanSha
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After the high school student Qi Jin had obtained his special ability, he had relied on his special ability to cheat in order to gain admission to the Criminal Police Academy. He was sent to be a spy in the police force, and his superpower was constantly being upgraded. There were countless ways to cheat, and with the liveliness of the city, people with all sorts of identities proudly rose to the top, becoming an immortal legend.

Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Physical Phenomena

Author : Jerome Clark
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Examines what is known about 150 physical phenomena, including eyewitness accounts, photographs, and other documentation of such things as UFOs, Noah's Ark, werewolves, crop circles, and sea serpents.

When Clouds Fell from the Sky

Author : Robert Carmichael
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A man disappears after returning home in 1977 to Cambodia whose people, unseen by the outside world and unknown to him, are dying in vast numbers in one of history's bloodiest revolutions. Robert Carmichael's groundbreaking debut, spanning five decades and five lives, brilliantly outlines the causes and human cost of Pol Pot's savage rule.

Progress of Reality of Insanity the Second Coming

Author : Ron McIntyre
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The mind excited with blazes of fiery thoughts, flashes forth wonders of amazement far past the imaginable, somewhere in the far-out extremes beyond non-existence, somewhere God is frightened to wander around! I have seen him tip-toe across the stars and stroll around in the sky like he owned them. And command the lightning where to strike! His powers of wonderment cause hysterical raptures of ecstasy! He can transport a man’s mind from reality into oblivion. His frenzied mind teeters on the brink of infinity, his thinking is so complex he had to invent new words to explain them. He can force the trumpets of the seventh heavenly plague to blast before their appointed time, and confuse the armies in heaven to where they do not know whose command to follow. Lightning and voices and thunders exist only by his permission! He commands the powers in heaven, the angels fall at his feet, the sun no longer sheds light and the moon turns to blood and the stars fall from the sky. Who is this; The Almighty, The Only-Begotten; or the Third in Command, no (though some think so), this is the author: Ron McIntyre!

Heavenly Devil Returns To The Earth

Author : Pi NuoCao
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*After 2000 years,As the Great Celestial Devil of the Immortal and Devil Realm he had reborn back into his boyhood! Fate is merciless,He lost his power but he remember every thing. This time he decide to not let the tragedy and despair of the past repeat again.With my lover in mine arms,I shall let this world turn upside down!

My Cold CEO Fiancee

Author : Ke LeJiaBing
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A Divine level expert in the Hidden Dragon City, on the first day he went to work at the Ice Mountain Fiancée Company, he had actually been arranged to clean the toilet! Just do it, but why is it a ladies' room?

The Diver who Fell from the Sky

Author : Simon Pridmore
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Maverick, innovator, entrepreneur, environmentalist and sheer force of nature, Francis Toribiong would have been a unique and significant individual no matter where in the world he was born. As it turned out, he was born in the island nation of Palau in the Western Pacific at just the right time to apply his special set of skills and attributes to the task of helping his country find its place in the world. In the 1980s and 1990s, he arguably did more than anyone to build Palau’s economy and help it develop into an independent, forward-looking nation. And, improbably, he achieved this via the sport of scuba diving. Francis Toribiong is a Pacific Islander like no other. He is the father of Palau tourism, a scuba diving pioneer, and an effective, tireless ambassador for both his country and its abundant marine and land resources. He was born poor and had no academic leanings. Yet he was driven to succeed by a combination of duty, faith, a deep-seated determination to do the right thing and an absolute refusal ever to compromise his values. For his whole life, he has been a devoted friend to strangers and an implacable opponent to anybody who, through malevolence or negligence, threatens Palau’s considerable natural treasures. He has also been the perfect host to generations of scuba divers from all over the world, who have visited Palau to see those treasures for themselves. And, as well as all that, he was Palau’s first ever parachutist – known throughout the islands as the Palauan who fell from the sky. They were speaking both literally and figuratively. He was so completely different from all of his contemporaries in terms of his demeanor, his ambitions and his vision, that it was as if he had come from outer space. Palau had never seen anybody quite like him and there was no historical precedent for what Francis Toribiong did. He had no operations manual to consult and no examples to follow. He wrote his own life. Francis Toribiong was the first Palauan ever to seek and seize the international narrative. No Palauan, in any context or field, had previously thought to go out into the world and say: “This is Palau – what we have is wonderful. Come and see!” This is his astonishing story.

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

Author : John Claude Bemis
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In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago. Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a Skinless One, a child. Rather than turn him over to the wolves, Casseomae chooses to protect this human cub, to find someplace safe for him to live. But where among the animals will a human child be safe? And is Casseomae threatening the safety of the Forest and all its tribes by protecting him? Middle-grade fans of postapocalyptic fiction are in for a treat with this fanciful and engaging animal story by the author of the Clockwork Dark trilogy.

The Cinema of Rithy Panh

Author : Leslie Barnes
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Born in 1964, Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh grew up in the midst of the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal reign of terror, which claimed the lives of many of his relatives. After escaping to France, where he attended film school, he returned to his homeland in the late 1980s and began work on the documentaries and fiction films that have made him Cambodia’s most celebrated living director. The fourteen essays in The Cinema of Rithy Panh explore the filmmaker’s unique aesthetic sensibility, examining the dynamic and sensuous images through which he suggests that “everything has a soul.” They consider how Panh represents Cambodia’s traumatic past, combining forms of individual and collective remembrance, and the implications of this past for Cambodia’s transition into a global present. Covering documentary and feature films, including his literary adaptations of Marguerite Duras and Kenzaburō Ōe, they examine how Panh’s attention to local context leads to a deep understanding of such major themes in global cinema as justice, imperialism, diaspora, gender, and labor. Offering fresh takes on masterworks like The Missing Picture and S-21 while also shining a light on the director’s lesser-known films, The Cinema of Rithy Panh will give readers a new appreciation for the boundless creativity and ethical sensitivity of one of Southeast Asia’s cinematic visionaries.

The Kids Book of Clouds and Sky

Author : Frank Staub
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Answers questions about the sky at various times of the day, the sun, clouds, weather, and related topics, and suggests experiments.

Invincible Bloodline

Author : Xiao YaoHuanYu
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*A thunder turned a once-bullied loser into the strongest cultivator, and he led his people to create the world that is safer to live. Seven Stars Sect is a well-known sect with strict rules. Bloodline determines everything in here. Cultivators with superior bloodlines are treated with respect while those with inferior bloodlines are despised, bullied and even killed easily. Yang Fan, an ordinary disciple with 9th Grade Bloodline cultivating in Black Bamboo Peak,was only better than those with 10th Grade Bloodline who couldn’t cultivate at all. After he helped a disciple who was bullied by Lei Bao, the most powerful cultivator in Black Bamboo Peak, he was busy dealing with attackers and had little time to cultivate. Lei Bao even tried to rob Yang Fan of the precious things left by his parents while he couldn’t fight back... One night, Yang Fan carried a corpse to Qi Si Valley, suddenly a lightning hit him. But he didn’t die and even developed a unique bloodline. Now he could devour others’ bloodlines! How would he take revenge on Lei Bao and what would his future be like?

Under the Bridge

Author : Rebecca Godfrey
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“A swift, harrowing classic perfect for these unnerving times.” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation One moonlit night, fourteen-year-old Reena Virk went to join friends at a party and never returned home. In this “tour de force of crime reportage” (Kirkus Reviews), acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey takes us into the hidden world of the seven teenage girls—and boy—accused of a savage murder. As she follows the investigation and trials, Godfrey reveals the startling truth about the unlikely killers. Laced with lyricism and insight, Under the Bridge is an unforgettable look at a haunting modern tragedy.