Dispatches

Dispatches

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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)show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 247 pages
  • 129.54 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307270807
  • 9780307270801
  • 131,846

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"The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time." --John le Carre "In the great line of Crane, Orwell, and Hemingway . . . Herr reaches an excruciating level of intensity . . . He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter . . . The premier war correspondence of Vietnam." --The Washington Post " . . . Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade." --Hunter S. Thompsonshow more

About Michael Herr

Michael Herr was a novelist and war correspondent. Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1940, he began reporting from Vietnam for Esquire in the 1960s, during the height of the war. He later chronicled those experiences in his memoir, Dispatches. He is the author of three other books, The Big Room, Walter Winchell, and Kubrick, and coauthor of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. He died in 2016. Robert Stone, a National Book Award winner, lives in New York City.show more

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2 3% (316)
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