The Girl in the Picture

The Girl in the Picture

The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War

Book - 2000
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On June 8, 1972, a photograph flashed over the wire of a nine-year-old girl, running naked in terror down a highway after a misplaced napalm strike on her village in South Vietnam. Known the world over as the "napalm girl" in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, Kim Phuc was but one victim of many in a war that was ending for America as it brought its last troops home less than a year later. When the northern Communists won the war in 1975, Kim Phuc was only the "girl in the picture"; her identity and whereabouts in Vietnam unknown even to the new regime.This is the story of Kim Phuc's struggle to reclaim first her badly burned body and then to wrest control from those seeing her as a public symbol. It culminates in her escape to the West in 1992, where she is UNESCO's Honorary Ambassador. Denise Chong gives Kim's story the same sensitive treatment she gave her memoir, The Concubine's Children--hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle for its "honesty and courage" and by The New York Times as "beautiful, haunting and wise." The Girl in the Picture will grip a nation still fascinated by the war and the photograph still etched on its psyche.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000, c1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670880409
Characteristics: xvi, 373 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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