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Among the most enduring images of the Vietnam War is one of a little girl screaming in pain and terror after being burned by napalm in an air attack. On June 8, 1972, nine-year-old Kim Phuc ran from her burning village in South Vietnam and into the eye of history. Her photograph, taken by Associated Press Photographer, Nick Ut, was seen around the world and helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War. This book is the story of how that photograph came to be taken and what happened to Kim Phuc afterward. It opens up to American readers an unknown world - the world of Vietnam after the American army left and Saigon fell to the Communists from the North. "...the story of the girl in the photograph is one of horror, survival, and hope - a primer if not the definitive text for those trying to understand the Vietnam War." (Kirkus Reviews) When Nick Ut photographed 9-year-old Kim Phuc running down a road, her body aflame with napalm, he turned a terrified girl into a living symbol of the Vietnam War's horror. Even after the war, the North Vietnamese government made the severely scarred Kim a reluctant poster girl for American atrocities. Although her parents, once relatively prosperous South Vietnamese peasants, were reduced to dire poverty when the state took over her mother's noodle shop, Kim was allowed to receive further medical treatment in Germany, to visit the Soviet Union, and to attend the University of Havana. These privileges did not assuage her spiritual turmoil: Why had she been singled out for fame when so many others suffered and died? Searching for answers, Kim converted to Christianity and in 1992 defected with her husband to Canada, where they now live with their two sons. Canadian author Denise Chong's sensitive biography, which doubles as a fascinating social history of Vietnam during and after the war, captures Kim as a complex woman of powerful religious faith: "It was the fire of bombs that burned my body. It was the skill of doctors that mended my skin. But it took the power of God's love to heal my heart." --Wendy Smith
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ean: 9780789207760, isbn: 0789207761,