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Saigon Kids by Les Arbuckle

Title Saigon Kids
Author Les Arbuckle
Publisher Mango Media Inc.
Release 2017-09-12
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 3310
ISBN 1633536343
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Looking for unusual coming of age books? Follow the coming of age adventures of a U.S. military brat during the early Vietnam war years in Saigon The early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat: In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them. Saigon Kids is the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle’s experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty−and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black market. Coming of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon: When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn’t know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness−an ever-present feature of everyday life−Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity. Coming of age tale with a twist: The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Saigon Kids will also make a perfect companion to the documentary film (sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts) currently in production. The film chronicles the lives of “military brats” living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1964.

Saigon to San Diego by Trinh Do

Title Saigon to San Diego
Author Trinh Do
Publisher McFarland
Release 2004-04-23
Category History
Total Pages 236
ISBN 0786418052
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"When I was 12, I didn't think I would get past ninth grade. When I was 14, I didn't think I would live to my twentieth birthday. For me to be here today is a dream beyond my comprehension." Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War's aftermath, this memoir tells the story of Trinh Do, a boy fighting for survival in newly unified communist Vietnam. Trinh Do was born in Saigon in 1964. His father, a soldier in the South Vietnam Army, was taken to a re-education camp after the communist victory in 1975. His family was thrown out of their home, and Do took care of his mother and younger brothers. He struggled to stay in school; because of his father, Do faced constant prejudice from the communist administration. He was expelled for refusing to betray his classmates in 1978; soon after, his mother arranged for him to escape Vietnam in a fishing boat. After a perilous journey, he landed in Malaysia, where he spent six months in a refugee camp, and then made his way to the United States. His parents attempted a similar escape four years later and were lost to the South China Sea. This memoir tells the story of Do's generation coming of age in a brutal period of Vietnam's history and is illustrated with family photographs. Framed within a complex historical setting, it reveals the cruelty inflicted upon the populace by the Vietnamese communists for the purpose of "internal security." An intimate portrait of daily life under communist rule and an examination of the political and military situation, Do's memoir describes the propaganda and repression through the words of a Vietnamese schoolboy.

CultureShock Vietnam by Ben Engelbach

Title CultureShock Vietnam
Author Ben Engelbach
Publisher Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
Release 2017-04-15
Category Travel
Total Pages 261
ISBN 9814779202
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Culture Shock! Vietnam aims to be the definitive account of the country for travellers or those relocating to the country. Based primarily on the author’s first-hand experience in Vietnam, the book leads the reader on a journey that covers every aspect of arrival, settling in, integrating with local culture, and grappling with a wholly foreign language and customs. The book doesn’t turn a blind eye to the country’s warts, and it’s also not tourist-minded propaganda. Culture Shock! Vietnam simply presents Vietnam and its challenges for what they are, and provides useful strategies for adapting.

Books That Teach Kids to Write by Marianne Saccardi

Title Books That Teach Kids to Write
Author Marianne Saccardi
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2011-05-05
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 178
ISBN 1598844520
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book provides a wealth of read-aloud titles and related activities that provide busy teachers with the tools to help students in grades K–12 become successful writers. • Includes 14 reproducible sheets that help students practice the skills described in the book • Provides extensive bibliographies and references to all the nearly 400 books discussed • Contains an index that enables teachers to readily access different topics • Presents quotes and advice from 25 experts in the field

The Ignorance of Bliss by Sandy Hanna

Title The Ignorance of Bliss
Author Sandy Hanna
Publisher Post Hill Press
Release 2019-01-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 301
ISBN 1682617955
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Ignorance of Bliss tells the true story of ten-year-old Sandy, who moves with her American military family to Saigon, Vietnam where her father, the Colonel, serves as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. In 1960s Saigon, Sandy finds a world of crushing poverty and extraordinary beauty; a world of streets, villas, and brothels, where politics and intrigue reside between plot and counterplot. Blissfully living a life of French decadence, Sandy maneuvers between coups, spies, bombings, corruption, and scandal as she and her thirteen-year-old brother, Tom, run an illicit baby powder and Hershey bar business on the black market and live a life of school, scouts, dance parties, and movies at the underground theater. When the Colonel’s counterpart, Colonel Le Van Sam, delivers an expose on the current ruling Diem regime, Sandy finds that her constant spying on her father’s activities has brought her face to face with the reality of Vietnam and the anti-American sentiment that pervades it. This coming-of age story takes place in a turbulent country striving for nationalism, giving the reader a stunning look into the life of military dependents living abroad and the underlying ignorance that surrounded a little understood time in history.

Title American Teenagers
Author
Publisher DIANE Publishing
Release
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Total Pages
ISBN 1428966749
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title A Saigon Journal Inside Television s First War
Author Ron Steinman
Publisher KCM Publishing
Release 2013-10-01
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 1939961033
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Saigon Journal, Inside Television’s First War, recounts Ron Steinman’s tenure as bureau chief for NBC News in Saigon. It is an intimate and deeply personal recounting of many of the Vietnam War’s most difficult and harrowing days. These include the huge American buildup of troops, the famous hill battles in the Central Highlands, heavy fighting along the DMZ, the siege of Khe Sanh, riots against the government in the streets, Buddhist monks burning themselves to death in protest of the government and the Tet Offensive, the centerpiece of the book, when Hanoi attempted to take over South Vietnam but failed. The book also recounts the personal story of Steinman’s romance with Josephine Tu Ngoc Suong, his future wife, and her near fatal accidental shooting. During this period television news learned to cover the war with correspondents and camera crews working alongside the troops, giving people at home an intimate view of what war was really like. Dubbed the living room war, people at home watched it unfold on TV over dinner and in their living rooms, something, until then that had not been possible.

Ho Chi Minh City Saigon by Mason Florence

Title Ho Chi Minh City Saigon
Author Mason Florence
Publisher
Release 2000-08
Category Travel
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780864426147
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's living experiment in 'new thinking'; home to some of the best bars, wettest water parks, and most serene and beautiful temples in Asia. * 13 maps, including five in full colour * floor plans of the city's famous Chinese pagodas * where to find the best Chinese, French and Vietnamese cuisine * excursions - temples, tunnels and tropical idylls * shop till you drop - what to buy and what not

No Kids No Money and a Chevy by Chuck Mansfield

Title No Kids No Money and a Chevy
Author Chuck Mansfield
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release 2003-09-25
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 517
ISBN 9781462800452
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PRAISE FOR CHUCK MANSFIELDS NO KIDS, NO MONEY AND A CHEVY A Politically Incorrect Memoir A New Book by a Former Marine and Vietnam War Veteran Of Chuck Mansfields No Kids, No Money and a Chevy award-winning novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick writes, "Chuck Mansfield is a first-rate writer of wit, charm, and passion, who applies a clarifying integrity to whatever subject his fine mind alights on. Having been schooled in excellence, he holds it as his lifelong standard; and he is, besides, an embodiment of everything that is meant by the term American Hero - courtly, brave, generous, and in love with family, faith, and country. To read his memoir is to rejoice in the warm presence of human devotion and intellect." New York literary agency executive Jack Scovil calls No Kids, No Money and a Chevy "a fascinating read." He writes, Mansfield "come(s) through clearly as a very remarkable man who commits to life and the task before him with passion and dedication and integrity. Chaminade (High School)s reaction to the WTC tragedy (indeed the ethos of the whole Chaminade experience) was especially moving, and individual tributes to some of (Mansfields) fellow Marines quite affecting and inspiring. Some of (his) viewpoints and assessments couldnt be more timely; (his) critique of business practices fits right in with what were learning about the frauds at Enron and Global Crossing and (his) judgments of some societal trends are also in keeping with the climate of public opinion that has produced the current successes of OReilly and Buchanan. (His) litany of facts about the Vietnam War deserves to be widely circulated." Retired English professor and writer Robert P. Meikle writes that "everything in this book is the unfiltered (Mansfield): the impeccable use of language, the meticulous attention to detail, the total recall of dates Some are more successful than others when it comes to taking a really honest look at themselves. The trick is to translate that self-awareness onto the written page. It is that translation that (Mansfield does) so successfully. This is a guy who not only has had a good life, but who APPRECIATES all that he has had in (it), especially when it comes to family and friends. Thats an important distinction for that unknown reader to pick up on." New York attorney Paul G. Burns has written, "(Mansfields) work shares a problem common to each and every book that I totally and thoroughly enjoyed reading: it had a last page. an outstanding read!!" Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist, USN (Ret.), former Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), aircraft carrier fighter pilot and author, says "I was enormously impressed" The Vietnam Era section in Mansfields book, fully a third of the work, "represents the kind of personal history that needs to be told about all wars but about Vietnam particularly." According to P. Henry Mueller, retired Citigroup executive, author and Marine veteran of World War II, "A page-turner," No Kids, No Money and a Chevy "is hard to put down. The Vietnam portion is in the excellent style of Micheners Tales of the South Pacific. The character descriptions throughout the book are well done." The book is "packed with interest, and (the) politically incorrect views add an important and refreshing edge. Not only that, (Mansfield) present(s) (his) views in an instructive way." CEO and business owner Donald J. Steinert says, "I was most impressed with the way I am able to relate to your book as a former Marine Vietnam veteran." Please visit www.chuck-mansfield.com or contact Chuck Mansfield at (516) 741-1443 or [email protected] Thank you. A SUMMARY OF CHUCK MANSFIELDS NO KIDS, NO MONEY AND A CHEVY A Politically Incorrect Memoir A New Book by a Former Marine and Vietnam War Vete

Play the Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics

Title Play the Red Queen
Author Juris Jurjevics
Publisher Oldcastle Books Ltd
Release 2020-08-27
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0857304100
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR Vietnam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Vietnam 'advising' the military and government. Among them are Ellsworth Miser and Clovis Robeson, two army investigators who have been tasked with tracking down the daring killer. Set in the besieged capital of a new nation on the eve of the coup that would bring down the Diem regime and launch the Americans into the Vietnam War, Play the Red Queen is a tour-de-force mystery-cum-social history, breathtakingly atmospheric and heartbreakingly alive with the laws and lawlessness of war. 'Steamy and atmospheric... a great gift of a novel' - Dan Fesperman, author of Safe Houses 'Jurjevics brings the heat, the smells and the corruption vividly to life... masterfully pulled together'- Sara Paretsky, author of Dead Land 'Juris Jurjevics has brilliantly accomplished the seamless combining of a genre form with the deep resonance of literary art' - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain 'The twist is executed with a card sharp’s panache' - Times

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