Dispatches by Michael Herr

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"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."--Washington Post. "The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time."--John le Carre." . . . Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade."--Hunter S. Thompson.

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About Michael Herr

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Michael Herr is also the author of Kubrick, The Big Room, and Walter Winchell, and coauthor of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. He lives in upstate New York.Robert Stone, a National Book Award-winner, lives in New York City.
Published November 30, 2011 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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And Herr, who is full of twisted, hidden ironies, is all wrapped up in the craziness of the war, enthralled by the limitless "variety of deaths and mutilations the war offered," and by the awful "cheer-crazed" language of the official communiques which always reported spirits high, weather fine.

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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.

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If a book could supply electricity, Michael Herr's Dispatches would sustain the grid of an international city by itself;

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There's no group that has a monopoly on PTSD, but Morris found that sexual assault survivors experience the disorder at a higher rate than combat and natural disaster survivors, Morris said.

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Socialist Review

reading them was like trying to read the faces of the Vietnamese, and that was like trying to read the wind...' The American war on Vietnam had no battlefields, no frontiers.

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Harvard Political Review

At the center of Michael Herr’s Dispatches is this: to experience war.

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