War has a way of dehumanizing people by labeling them as "the enemy." This book goes a great way in reworking those deep-rooted prejudices lurking in our minds. These enemy fighters, members of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, were men just like the rest of us. They wrote about the girls they were in love with and ached for, the homes and picturesque surrounding countryside they hoped had survived incessant American bombing, the fear of dying and of killing, and undying patriotism for their cause. They were poets. They wrote about the universal human experiences, shedding light on the psyche of soldiers and victims of war everywhere.