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The Principal's Daughter by [Katz, Russ]
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"The Principal's Daughter gives a view of Vietnam that probably few people have ever thought about or read about. Russ Katz's story telling style is very approachable --- it's very emotional, but not overly so -- he lets the facts and the people tell their story without bias or political overtones. The fact that the story is true makes it even stronger. Katz is able to share a lot about Vietnamese culture, growing up in Vietnam, the war itself (how it affected the characters), the country's customs, and the workings of Communism. He shares all this in the context of the story-- so not only was I entertained and enthralled, but I learned a lot as well." -Dog Ear Publishing Editor

"... an absorbing taste of the everyday in a place that that was the victim of superpower geopolitics ..." -Kirkus Reviews 

"An important contribution to primary-source oral histories of Vietnamese people ... a gripping story" -Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

I asked, "Where are you from?"

"I am from Vietnam," she said.

Buzzing away with the electric razor on the back of my head she began to tell me a story I had never expected, one that engulfed my thoughts and inspired me to do what I thought I'd never do again, write another book.

In the United States, we are all accustomed to hearing the soldier's story. But what about the Vietnamese civilians who lived through it? What had they gone through? What was it like after the Americans left and the North conquered the South?

This could be a very interesting book, I thought. Thoughts and stories weaving together circled around my brain. I was already putting it all together into a story to be told, and I didn't even know any more about her upbringing. My thoughts were limited to what I had seen in movies and what Hollywood tells us. This journey has really shown me how limited and out of focus that information really is.

I returned home from work suffering through the nightmare called Washington DC traffic. An easy hour-plus to travel nineteen miles. Except this evening my thoughts continued to wonder, I was writing the book in my head. It ended up being completely different, but never the less, it got me more and more excited about the prospect.

At dinner, I started telling my wife, Amy, "So I met a lady today who grew up during the Vietnam War in Vietnam. She was right there like twenty feet from the soldiers when they were shooting at the enemy. Later, she tried to escape on a boat, and the police were shooting at it. They took everyone and threw them in jail."

"Oh, wow. So how did you meet this lady?" she asked. 

My response was simply, "She cut my hair."

Product details

  • File Size: 1425 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1457548925
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (September 28, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0ATO0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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