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The Girl in the Picture - The Remarkable Story of Vietnam's Most Famous Casualty Paperback – 4 Jun 2001

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Kim Phuc was nine years old in 1972. Severely burned by napalm, she ran from her burning village and was captured on film. Denise Chong relates Kim's experience and recovery in this astonishing biography and history of America's shameful war.

The photograph of Kim, seen around the world, was one of many to turn public opinion against the war in Vietnam. This is the story of how the picture came to be and also what happened to Kim after it was taken.

It provides an insight into the country Vietnam became after the US army left, and explains why Kim finally had to flee to Canada, where she now lives.

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enlightening and passionate account 24 Jun. 2012
By Carno Polo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A most intersting book about the most famous picture of an infamous war. It has been used for four decades as an indictement of America's war crimes. Indeed, use of napalm was horrible, though not illegal. Of course, almost no one chronicled the crimes of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. Oriana Fallaci, the Italian journalist, was one of the few who did so, but her reports were mostly brushed aside.

Yet the story the "girl" tells us is a very different one. She was manipulated by Vietnamese propaganda, deprived of her freedom to speak up, and saw no hope for her future. At the first possible opportunity, a stopover in Canada on a flight back from the USSR to Cuba, where she was studying, she fled from communism and chose freedom, capitalism, pluralism.

Her story is a telling one of the years that followed the Communists' victory in Vetnam. "Liberation" from the Americans' occupation in fact meant indoctrination, brain-washing, distortion of the truth for the purpose of propaganda. All this while Vietnam, paradoxically, was ditching extreme communism and opening up to private enterprise and even new friendly relations with the United States.
Great book everyone should read. 10 April 2013
By Delphine Fekete - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a hard book to find for the price I wanted to pay. Live rural and it came right to my door. So much more to life than what we often focus on.
Good News 13 Dec. 2013
By Sue P. - Published on Amazon.com
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Compelling story! Great to see she has survived and now lives a happy productive life with a foundation to help other child war victims.
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