“Many foreign correspondents have spoken and written about the Vietnam War . . . the war could never penetrate their soul in the same way as it did a son or daughter of Vietnam,” writes war correspondent Vũ Thanh Thủy in her reflection (p. 128). Indeed, only the rarest of foreigners has shown themselves able to bear witness to the conflict as Vietnamese might—and therein lies the value of this volume of exclusively Vietnamese testimony.

This collection of fourteen first-person narratives gives collective voice to citizens of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, the former South Vietnam) who devoted their hearts, minds, and best efforts to building their nation during its short two decades of existence (1955–75). In the forty-five years since the fall of Saigon, resources written by native sons and daughters of the RVN and accessible to non-Vietnamese readers remain limited, except for a few by former RVN leaders....

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