"This is one of the best reports on Vietnam published to date by a correspondent with a keen eye and a sharp pen. For those of us who served there, whether in a military or a civilian capacity, it will invoke a frightening, if not macabre, nostalgia for the sights, smells, sounds, and slaughter of Saigon. The book should be required reading for any politician who possesses the power to send us to war which is indeed Hell." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
emlewis, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by emlewis)
This is one of the best books I've ever read, and gives great insight into the Vietnam War, and how it changed America's perception of itself. Written in an almost stream-of-consciousness style, careening from one supersaturated image to another, one story to the next, it is almost impossible to put down.
For a companion piece, buy "Requiem," featuring the work of photojournalists killed or MIA during the Vietnam War (edited by Tim Page). Seeing the pictures taken by people referenced in Herr's book is rather overwhelming.
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Paul McFarland, July 12, 2007 (view all comments by Paul McFarland)
An explicit account of the war in Vietnam that comes as close as anything I have read about that misbegotten conflict to capturing the mood of the fighting. The author of this nonfiction work co authored the screenplays of Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. This book shows clearly the roots of those films. A very powerful read.
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