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Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.

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.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Publisher: 1977.
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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KimG_KCMO Sep 15, 2017

A powerful and personal account from Herr himself, who was dispatched to cover the war as a journalist.

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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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