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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.

“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. Thompson

1 review for Dispatches

  1. Tony O’Donoghue

    This was one of the first books I read on the Vietnam War, and from the first pages, I was mesmerized. Herr’s descriptions of the battles, psychological portraits of the soldiers, and of his own descent into fear and disillusionment are all brilliant. This is one of the premier Gonzo-style works of journalism from the era. Highly recommended.

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