Synopses & Reviews
"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)
Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatchesbecame an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.
From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatchesmakes 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.
Dispatchesis among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature."
About the Author
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.