San Francisco Book Review
American Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America
Reviewed By: Rod Raglin

For those of us who have only known life in an affluent country with a stable, democratically elected government, it’s hard to imagine the danger and drama of regime change in other parts of the world. Everything you believed in and all you’ve worked so hard to attain, can abruptly become a liability, and the peace and security of your loved ones suddenly put at risk. Continue Reading »


Indie Reader Approved

Indie Reader
The Discovery Awards

Review Date: 01/08/2021

AMERICAN DREAMER, by Tim Tran (with Tom Fields-Meyer) is a powerful memoir about a man immigrating to America from Vietnam. The writing is engaging, honest, and the author has a wry sense of humor. The narrative and descriptions are detailed and captivating, drawing the reader into the heart of the story. Continue Reading »



Reader’s Favorite Book Review
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan, 12/26/2020

American Dreamer: How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America by Tim Tran with Tom Fields-Meyer is the fascinating story of the author who was once a penniless refugee and a man without a country. It is also the story of an underprivileged kid who went through a lot of adversity and finally survived to escape from his country to the United States and live the American dream. His story is one of hard work, sheer perseverance, and good luck. Continue Reading »


kirkus reviews

Kirkus Review
Review Date: 03/06/2020

A debut memoir recounts life under Communist rule in Vietnam and a man’s daring escape to America.

Tran’s life was always shadowed by the political tempestuousness of his native Vietnam. Born in a small coastal village in 1950, he was later forced to flee with his family, transformed into a refugee at the age of 4. The author’s father, Nguyen Dinh Muu—he eventually had to change his name—joined the Viet Minh nationalist cause but abandoned it after it took an aggressive Communist turn, compelling him to relocate out of fear of retribution. Continue Reading »



BlueInk Review
Reviewed March, 2020

In American Dreamer, a former refugee chronicles his odyssey from communist oppression to freedom and achievement in America.

This harrowing autobiography is inseparable from the war that engulfed Vietnam and scorched America’s psyche. “[Y]ou cannot separate yourself from your past,” the author writes, and his book makes the case with cinematic clarity. Continue Reading »



Midwest Book Review

American Dreamer is an inspirational, first-hand account of the motivating power of an immigrant’s dream for a better life. From the rural Vietnam of Tim Tran’s childhood to his eventual escape to America and his rise as CFO of a multi-billion-dollar company, Tran’s memoir is a lesson in perseverance and ingenuity. Continue Reading »

— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review