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Michael Herr, who wrote about the Vietnam War for Esquire magazine, gathered his years of notes from his front-line reporting and turned them into what many people consider the best account of the war to date, when published in 1977. He captured the feel of the war and how it differed from any theater of combat ever fought, as well as the flavor of the time and the essence of the people who were there. Since Dispatches was published, other excellent books have appeared on the war--may we suggest The Things They Carried, The Sorrow of War, We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young--but Herr's book was the first to hit the target head-on and remains a classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
American correspondent Herr's documentary recalls the heavy combat he witnessed in Vietnam as well as the obscene speech, private fears and nightmares of the soldiers. "Herr captures the almost hallucinatory madness of the war," said PW. "This is a compelling, truth-telling book with a visceral impact, its images stuck in the mind like shards from a pineapple bomb."
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Amazing. Very powerful and well written. I recommend this especially to any journalist but also to lovers of tales of humanity.Published 1 day ago by j miller
Validates anyone who dodged the draft and has felt guilty about it in their old age. I served in combat with the 4th ID 1969-70 and absolutely do not recognize the US war effort... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marge in WI
This is an amazing account of various USMC experiences during the start of the Vietnam War. I found the level of chaos at the beginning to be the same at the end with those in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jim T.
I agree with many of the one-star reviews of this rambling and incoherent impressionistic babble. Perhaps once upon a time stream of consciousness-as-reporting (or history? Read morePublished 17 days ago by Steven Mckenna
I've always been infatuated with Vietnam, this was a very good perspective from war correspondent Michael Herr. I loved Matterhorn but this is my 2nd favorite. Highly recommend.Published 17 days ago by Benjamin James Lucas
Outstanding account of the Vietnam War. Arguably one of the most realistic accounts of the war. Right up there with "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Read morePublished 19 days ago by William W. Shugarts III
This was a great book. I wish I had read it when I was younger and before I saw movies like Hamburger Hill, Full Metal Jacket and others that are chock full of nearly direct... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Paul G.
I don't like it. I don't like it because I have been reading Tregaskis' VIETNAM DIARY which honors men by name and is properly indexed and documented. Read morePublished 24 days ago by pylgrym
Excellent book about the stresses of reporters in war - much like Dexter Filkins.Published 27 days ago by Rae M.