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Books About Mui Ne, Phan Thiet & Binh Thuan
and Books by Local Authors

Bob Miller Recounts Tales from LZ Betty

This new book from Bob Miller, "Kill Me If You Can, You SOB" (ISBN: 978-1-58736-846-2), is a compelling story of Lt. Col. Manuel A. Alves (Black Hawk), at LZ Betty in Phan Thiet, Vietnam. It has been embraced by the men of the 3-506th and they have endorsed it by recommending it on their websites: and, but these two bright spots are the only two bright spots this title has had.

The author, Bob Miller, explains, "I guess I had it all wrong. I went looking for acceptance in all the wrong places and faces. I just never thought about asking the guys for help announcing the book. I assumed that the book would have to find its niche among the non-military and pretend soldiers. Battlefield-hardened veterans are not that talkative about their experiences. Plus, I just couldn’t see them being that interested in reading what I had to say about something they had lived."

Miller continues: "It’s a simple case of their respect and love for one of the most courageous battalion commanders to ever wear the 506th patch. These veterans spread the word about this book in twenty-four hours, something our ad agency and I had failed to accomplish in months."

Bob Miller Writes, publisher of unique books, is the brainchild of veteran writer and political activist, Bob Miller, who served with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company from 1968-1969; he was shot down twice and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

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Catfish and Mandala
by Andrew X. Pham

Winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize in 1999. Andrew was born in Phan Thiet and immigrated to the USA in 1977 at the age of 10. This book details his pilgrimage back to Vietnam as a young man, and an amazing bicycle trek from Hanoi to Phan Thiet. The book is interlaced with memories of his childhood in Phan Thiet and Saigon, leaving Vietnam by boat, and growing up as an immigrant in American. The book gives an interesting look at life in Vietnam immediately following the war, and the experiences of Vietnamese Americans, caught between two worlds.

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When You Were Born in Vietnam
by Bartlett Therese

This book covers the life and adoption processes of Vietnamese children adopted by foreign parents and is a wonderful resource, tool and momento for families adopting in Vietnam. The pictures and contexts of this book largely come from Phan Thiet and the orphanage in Ham Tan in Binh Thuan province. Proceeds from this book go to the Catalyst Foundation for adoption projects and programs to benefit children in Vietnam. View the publisher's website for more information.

Cham Art
by Emmanuel Guillon

Phan Thiet lies within the southern reaches of the Cham Kingdom. The Thap Poshaknu Cham towers are found outside Phan Thiet, and other lesser-known Cham architecture is also present in the province. The Cham people are one of the most significant minorities in the province. This book highlights Cham art which is representative of the art found in Binh Thuan province.

Ho Chi Minh
by William J Duiker  

A section of this biography of Ho Chi Minh details his time in Phan Thiet as a teacher at the Duc Thanh school. Both the site of his home and the school are preserved as museums and a monument to Vietnam's revolutionary leader.

The Gangster We Are All Looking For
by Le Thi Diem Thuy

Thuy was born in Phan Thiet. She and her father left Vietnam in 1978 by boat, and settled in Southern California. Her first novel tells the story of a refugee family much like her own. Six Vietnamese refugees (a girl, her father, and four uncles) are rescued from the sea and begin a new life in San Diego. The book tells the story of their strange and difficult life adjusting in their new country.

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