Dispatches

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Pan Macmillan UK, Mar 1, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages

We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum brutality. Our machine was devastating. And versatile. It could do everything but stop.

Michael Herr went to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire. He returned to tell the real story in all its hallucinatory madness and brutality, cutting to the quick of the conflict and its seductive, devastating impact on a generation of young men. His unflinching account is haunting in its violence, but even more so in its honesty.

First published in 1977, Dispatches was a revolutionary piece of new journalism that evoked the experiences of soldiers in Vietnam and has forever shaped our understanding of the conflict. It is now a seminal classic of war reportage.

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User Review  - SquirrelHead - LibraryThing

This is an incredible accounting of a time period about the Vietnam War, told with such descriptive clarity by journalist Michael Herr. The journalist conveyed the horror using such descriptive ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul-the-well-read - LibraryThing

This is a tremendous book. It reminded me of All Quiet on the Western Front in terms of its emotional impact, but was probably even a bit stronger. To me, its strength is in its capacity to see and ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Michael Herr was born in 1940 in Syracuse, New York. He was a former war correspondent and best known as the author of Dispatches (1977), a memoir of his time as a correspondent for Esquire magazine (1967-1969) during the Vietnam War. He is currently living in Delhi, NY.