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"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" ( The New York Times Book Review ); an instant classic straight from the front lines.

From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr's unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time.

Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage International/Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.,, 1991
Edition: First Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: ©1977
ISBN: 9780679735250
Branch Call Number: ANF 959.70438 HER
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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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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Jan 04, 2019

I went to cover the war and the war covered me; an old story, unless of course you've never heard it.

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