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One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's collection of dispatches from the front lines of the Vietnam War reveal with shattering impact how that war differed from any combat theatre fought before. Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, capturing the unique flavor of the time and place and finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its publication, this modern classic retains its powerful resonance as America finds itself in the midst of another military quagmire.
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
ISBN: 9780307270801
Characteristics: xxxix, 247 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stone, Robert 1937-2015


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Aug 18, 2018

I just plain couldn't pick up this book and read about male aggression regarding war, the 1960's when women were not able to have bank accounts or mortgages in their own names, and death over nothing in a country like Vietnam where we should have never been entangled in.

It was suggested to me as a wonderful, brilliant memoir and since "I like old books," I would enjoy this. Maybe another time.

Aug 16, 2017

One of the top ten greatest non-fiction books of all time. Put all your other books aside and read this one. It's a classic book about war, and therefore the illumination of life. It will stay with you the rest of your life.

Jan 21, 2013

One of the best and most essential war books ever written. If you want the REAL Vietnam War w/o the BS, this is the perfect book to start.

RockTheBooks Dec 10, 2011

Phenomenal coverage of the Vietnam War as witnessed by journalist Michael Herr. As he says: “.... I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you’ve never heard it.”

Absolutely brilliant writing. This isn't the boring History book your 10th grade teacher made you read.

To stress the impact of this book on written war coverage - a final quote by Hunter S. Thompson:

'We have all spent ten years trying to explain what happened to our heads and our lives in the decade we finally survived – but Michael Herr’s Dispatches puts all the rest of us in the shade.’


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