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The girl in the picture: The Kim Phuc story [Hardcover]

Denise Chong


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DIFFERENT OFFER (see description & picture by BookGems): Edition Simon & Schuster, First Impression, 1999. The new and unread copy of this First edition, first printing remains intact. Immaulate throughout. Prompt dispatch from UK

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good News 13 Dec 2013
By Sue P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Compelling story! Great to see she has survived and now lives a happy productive life with a foundation to help other child war victims.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book everyone should read. 10 April 2013
By Delphine Fekete - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars enlightening and passionate account 24 Jun 2012
By Marco Carnovale - 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.
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