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Now, more than 35 years later, she has come to life again with the publication of her diary. At times, she comes across as a romantic schoolgirl seeking love from the boys around her, at others like a battle-hardened veteran who wants vengeance against the foreign invaders.

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Why was I born a girl so rich with dreams, love, and asking so much from life? In and , his job was to burn captured documents that had no intelligence value. An emotional account of sacrifice, love and bloodshed, the diary humanizes an enemy of America once demonized as ruthless and sneaky. The young doctor, sometimes addressing herself by name, confides her hopes, ambitions and fears.

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In a society increasingly consumed with economic growth and material goods, the book has revived a sense of idealism. Young people want to know how their parents lived during the war. Of the estimated 3 million Vietnamese who died during the conflict, 1 million remain missing. But what is so special about that?

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Millions and millions of people like me have fallen already yet have never enjoyed one happy day, so I am never sorry. Visitors to her grave in Hanoi have filled three large notebooks for her family with outpourings of sympathy and compassion. A fourth is nearly full.

Now they understand how difficult it was. She says she typed the diary for publication and wept with every page. She was 15 when her sister died. I cannot imagine her working in such difficult conditions. Nhan, the publisher, recalls that Dang Thuy Tram was popular in high school and believes her interest in literature as a student helped her as a writer.

But he soon joined the FBI and believed it would be improper for him to approach the communist government of Vietnam. When he retired in , he began searching for the family, without success. Last year, he gave the diary to the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech, where it remains. Whitehurst visited Vietnam soon after and was warmly received. Donald H. Rumsfeld recently made his first visit to Vietnam as Defense secretary, and President Bush is expected to make his first trip here in November for a meeting of AsiaPacific leaders. Today, diarist Tram might not recognize her country or her beloved Hanoi.

Hanoi has become a crowded, frenetic city, where young people talk on cellphones and zoom around on motorbikes -- sometimes at the same time. Like other North Vietnamese students of her generation, Tram was taught the ideals of communism and Vietnamese nationalism and was prepared to make sacrifices for the war effort.

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After graduating from medical school at 24, she volunteered to leave the North and work in the central coastal district of Duc Pho, then part of the U. It was one of the most dangerous combat zones of the war. Her early days in Duc Pho remain a mystery because at least one of her early notebooks was taken by U. It disappeared and was probably destroyed. The published diary begins in April with her description of performing an emergency appendectomy on a guerrilla with only a few tubes of Novocain for anesthesia.

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But as her diary hints, Tram went to the South not just out of patriotism and idealism. She also was in love. The object of her affections is the shadowy M, who apparently spurned her before the book begins.

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Despite fighting an enemy with overwhelming firepower and resources, they ingeniously made use of the local environment and resources to wage war. Gordon L Rottman uses rare photographs and artwork to paint vivid portraits of these determined guerrilla warriors, discussing their initial training, their unique motivation, extensive political and psychological indoctrination, and the brutal reality of combat experience.

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