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Collection of iconic Vietnam War photos

“From Hell to Hollywood” is the dramatic title of a book with iconic news photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Nick Ut. He is best known for his Vietnam War photo of terrified 9-year-old Kim Phuc running scorched and naked from a napalm attack.

“From Hell to Hollywood” recounts the moment Ut took the photograph and examines its impact on the world. The book also explores his continued friendship with Kim Phuc.

The book covers his teenage years in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, his time working at AP’s Saigon bureau and his job covering celebrities and daily life in Los Angeles. Ut was hired by AP in Saigon in March 1966, replacing his older brother, Huynh Thanh My, who had been working as a photographer with AP but was killed in 1965.

After working in Vietnam, Ut did a stint at AP’s Tokyo bureau before relocating to Los Angeles in 1977. There he shot a wide variety of stories, from earthquakes to fires to celebrities to business to crime until his retirement from AP in 2017.

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