A Vietnam War victim tells her survival story

The Girl in the Picture

Asked to think of two photographs from the Vietnam War, most people will recall two black-and-white images: Eddie Adams‘s picture of a Viet Cong officer’s execution at point-blank range and Nick Ut‘s picture of children fleeing a napalm attack with American soldiers on the road behind them.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc was 9 years old when the world came to know her, a child full of terror running from the village of Trang Bang, the site of a napalm attack June 8, 1972.

Now, a new book by Canadian journalist Denise Chong chronicles Phuc’s life from that moment, through her recovery and the ordeal of being used as a propaganda tool by her country’s Communist regime.

The book, The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph and the Vietnam War, follows Phuc through her and her husband’s defection to Canada.