counter create hit The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War

Availability: Ready to download

What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Few of us know. The war-weary United States had turned its attention away from the region, and the Communist leadership closed Vietnam to Western journalists. For more than a decade, little was heard, but retribution against the South Vietnamese was swift and unending. Hun What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Few of us know. The war-weary United States had turned its attention away from the region, and the Communist leadership closed Vietnam to Western journalists. For more than a decade, little was heard, but retribution against the South Vietnamese was swift and unending. Hundreds of thousands of former South Vietnamese military officers were sent to Reeducation Camps. Expecting a confinement of just ten days, most were incarcerated for years, suffering brutality, starvation and death. The families of prisoners had property and savings confiscated. They were denied jobs and medical care. They lived in poverty. Ultimately, nearly a million "Boat People" chose to escape Vietnam by sea, taking their chances in fragile overcrowded vessels. Thousands died at the hands of pirates and the unforgiving ocean. This is the true story of Quoc Pham, a former South Vietnamese naval officer, and his wife Kim-Cuong. It tells of the love between a man and a woman and their courage in the face of hopelessness. It is a story of a people - of what happened in Vietnam while the world looked away.


Compare

What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Few of us know. The war-weary United States had turned its attention away from the region, and the Communist leadership closed Vietnam to Western journalists. For more than a decade, little was heard, but retribution against the South Vietnamese was swift and unending. Hun What happened to the people who remained in the former South Vietnam after the war ended in April 1975? Few of us know. The war-weary United States had turned its attention away from the region, and the Communist leadership closed Vietnam to Western journalists. For more than a decade, little was heard, but retribution against the South Vietnamese was swift and unending. Hundreds of thousands of former South Vietnamese military officers were sent to Reeducation Camps. Expecting a confinement of just ten days, most were incarcerated for years, suffering brutality, starvation and death. The families of prisoners had property and savings confiscated. They were denied jobs and medical care. They lived in poverty. Ultimately, nearly a million "Boat People" chose to escape Vietnam by sea, taking their chances in fragile overcrowded vessels. Thousands died at the hands of pirates and the unforgiving ocean. This is the true story of Quoc Pham, a former South Vietnamese naval officer, and his wife Kim-Cuong. It tells of the love between a man and a woman and their courage in the face of hopelessness. It is a story of a people - of what happened in Vietnam while the world looked away.

57 review for The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    I read this biography because the author and Quoc Pham, the subject, came here and spoke in a book talk. The book is a gripping tale of South Vietnam after the war, focused on Quoc Pham, a Naval officer in the former South Vietnamese navy and his treatment by the winning forces. It's not a pretty picture, the story of 3 years in unspeakably awful prison camps, and two more years on hiding out in Saigon. The worst was when prisoners were put on mine clearance duty to open a road for a Vietnam inv I read this biography because the author and Quoc Pham, the subject, came here and spoke in a book talk. The book is a gripping tale of South Vietnam after the war, focused on Quoc Pham, a Naval officer in the former South Vietnamese navy and his treatment by the winning forces. It's not a pretty picture, the story of 3 years in unspeakably awful prison camps, and two more years on hiding out in Saigon. The worst was when prisoners were put on mine clearance duty to open a road for a Vietnam invasion of Cambodia. About 15% of the prisoner mine clearers were blown up every day doing this work. Vietnamese prison guards were unconcerned since traitors were expendable. Ends with the treacherous escape on an overloaded boat, captained by Quoc, and rescue by the US Navy. The former captain of the Navy ship was at the book talk since he lives nearby in Bonita Springs. The boat refugee narrative is relevant today with Rohingya people leaving Burma for a better life by the same high-risk strategy. Going back and forth for the last 20 years to Vietnam, now a prosperous middle-income country, no one ever told me this story. Although Vietnam seems stronger now than ever combining the cultural advantages of north and south, the first post-war years were bleak, and something as Americans that we should be ashamed about due to our role in what Vietnamese today call "the American war". Still, there is some redemption at the end, as Quoc Pham and his family were rescued and welcomed to resettle in the USA.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    Bushy tells of the years following the Vietnam war via the presentation of Quoc Pham's story. Quoc was an officer in the South Vietnamese navy who was sent to a reeducation camp in 1975 supposedly for 10 days, it ended up being more than 4 years. He and one son escaped the country in 1980 and was joined in 1989 by his wife and other children. Brutal story of illness and cruelty but lots of hope. Very uplifting story. A must read for anyone interested in that era. Bushy tells of the years following the Vietnam war via the presentation of Quoc Pham's story. Quoc was an officer in the South Vietnamese navy who was sent to a reeducation camp in 1975 supposedly for 10 days, it ended up being more than 4 years. He and one son escaped the country in 1980 and was joined in 1989 by his wife and other children. Brutal story of illness and cruelty but lots of hope. Very uplifting story. A must read for anyone interested in that era.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard Magner

    I much enjoyed the re-telling of Pham Quoc's story by Dave Bushy. It often struck a very emotional cord. It is a true story of survival aided by hope, faith, fortitde & love- that Pham Quoc and his family, focusing primarily on the five years following the Fall of South Vietnam. Anyone with the slightest interest in learning about the Vietnam experience should read this book. I much enjoyed the re-telling of Pham Quoc's story by Dave Bushy. It often struck a very emotional cord. It is a true story of survival aided by hope, faith, fortitde & love- that Pham Quoc and his family, focusing primarily on the five years following the Fall of South Vietnam. Anyone with the slightest interest in learning about the Vietnam experience should read this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ed Sternstein

    Whether or not you lived through the Vietnam era, The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War is a must read. Extremely well-written, this real-life story of love, compassion, fortitude, and survival is absolutely captivating. Many of us learned the historical facts, some of us know about the decorated heroes, but few of us understand the post-war personal challenges and consequences of the individuals and their families directed affected by wars. All parents desire a better life for their chil Whether or not you lived through the Vietnam era, The World Looked Away: Vietnam After the War is a must read. Extremely well-written, this real-life story of love, compassion, fortitude, and survival is absolutely captivating. Many of us learned the historical facts, some of us know about the decorated heroes, but few of us understand the post-war personal challenges and consequences of the individuals and their families directed affected by wars. All parents desire a better life for their children. After the war ended in 1975, a better life for millions of Vietnamese became hopeless. This superb book documents how the Quoc Pham family, through their true grit, tenacity, ingenuity, and perseverance, endured years of deprivation and sacrifice to control their own destiny and improve their lot in life. Author Dave Bushy’s narrative is clear, concise, compassionate and truly inspirational. Read this book today. Ed Sternstein

  5. 4 out of 5

    Russ

    This is an amazing story of a Vietnamese man, his family, friends and enemies. His life flipped upside down when the South Vietnamese military was overrun by the North Vietnam communist government. A great book that was well written about a time when world truly looked away from the plight of those left in South Vietnam. The cruelty of the North Vietnam government was scary, but unfortunately no one outside Vietnam seemed to care.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Excellent book! I couldn't put it down. Makes you wonder what we should have done differently in the Vietnam war that might have helped the south. Book also shows the humanity of some people. I highly recommend this book. Excellent book! I couldn't put it down. Makes you wonder what we should have done differently in the Vietnam war that might have helped the south. Book also shows the humanity of some people. I highly recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave MCG

    Fantastic read of a very turbulent time in the history of Viet Nam. I worked with Cuu and never knew this side of his story till now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Spike

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lenny Grosso

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cusano

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  12. 4 out of 5

    Philip Johnson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donald E. Clark

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rahal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charles Wolfe

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edward G. Berger

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Harriman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dave Bushy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Doris Moore

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  23. 5 out of 5

    carol bloch

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bibliophile

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Auclair

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  29. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

  31. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 4 out of 5

    Rachella Baker

  33. 5 out of 5

    Trica Johnson

  34. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  35. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  36. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  38. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

  39. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  40. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kara Lauren

  42. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

  43. 4 out of 5

    Nissa

  44. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Huels

  45. 5 out of 5

    F

  46. 4 out of 5

    lou brown

  47. 5 out of 5

    V

  48. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Konieczny

  49. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ahmed

  50. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

  51. 5 out of 5

    Aline

  52. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

  53. 4 out of 5

    Charissa Rate

  54. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  55. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Isaacs

  56. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Baker

  57. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Ezell

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.