Echoes of the Mekong

By Peter A. Huchthausen and Nguyen Thi Lung
Foreword by Sylvana Foa
Read by Lloyd James and Marguerite Gavin

6.55 Hours 01/01/1998 unabridged
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In 1967, Peter Huchthausen, a river patrol officer on Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta, rescued a badly wounded Vietnamese child, Nguyen Thi Lung. He arranged for the girl’s treatment and education, only to lose track of her when her town was overrun by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive. After the war, Lung led a difficult and shadowy life under the communist regime, until she managed to get the attention of a reporter. The reporter published her story and then assisted her departure from Vietnam, while Huchthausen sponsored her entry into the United States. In alternating chapters, Huchthausen and Lung recall the experience of war on the Mekong River, and Lung relates the terrifying years that followed. Echoes of the Mekong casts a fresh light on the American involvement in Vietnam as it follows two people caught in the war from youth to maturity.

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Summary

Summary

In 1967, Peter Huchthausen, a river patrol officer on Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta, rescued a badly wounded Vietnamese child, Nguyen Thi Lung. He arranged for the girl’s treatment and education, only to lose track of her when her town was overrun by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive.

After the war, Lung led a difficult and shadowy life under the communist regime, until she managed to get the attention of a reporter. The reporter published her story and then assisted her departure from Vietnam, while Huchthausen sponsored her entry into the United States.

In alternating chapters, Huchthausen and Lung recall the experience of war on the Mekong River, and Lung relates the terrifying years that followed. Echoes of the Mekong casts a fresh light on the American involvement in Vietnam as it follows two people caught in the war from youth to maturity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A small gem of a dual memoir in which a former US Navy riverboat commander and a young Vietnamese woman tell amazing, intersecting tales of war and peace.” Kirkus Reviews
“James and Gavin effectively tell the harrowing stories of two victims of Vietnam…Both narrators are equal to the task of making the Vietnam conflict come alive in all its grisly horrors.” Media
“The book is poignant and sad, yet heartwarming and optimistic in the knowledge that human decency can prevail.” Kliatt
 “Lloyd James starts to read Huchthausen’s narrative with the crisp, assured voice of an American naval officer, but suspense takes over as the two lives intersect. Marguerite Gavin, by contrast, is intimate and quiet as she reads Nguyen and the various other voices of Vietnam. Both voices, like Vietnam itself, linger in our memory long after.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Peter A. Huchthausen

Captain Peter A. Huchthausen, USN, (1939–2008) served aboard destroyers and commanded a river patrol section in Vietnam. After the war, he became an intelligence officer and served as the US Naval attaché in Yugoslavia, Romania, and the Soviet Union. He retired from the navy in 1990.

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Author Bio: Nguyen Thi Lung

Nguyen Thi Lung and her daughter, Trang, left Vietnam in January, 1985, under the Orderly Departure Program. They entered the United States the following June and settled in San Diego, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English