Dispatches

By Michael Herr
Read by Ray Porter

8.47 Hours 03/04/2009 unabridged
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One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr’s collection of dispatches from the front lines of the Vietnam War reveal with shattering impact how that war differed from any combat theatre fought before. Herr’s clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, capturing the unique flavor of the time and place and finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its publication, this modern classic retains its powerful resonance as America finds itself in the midst of another military quagmire.

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Summary

Summary

A Guardian Pick for Top 10 Books on 1960s America

One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr’s collection of dispatches from the front lines of the Vietnam War reveal with shattering impact how that war differed from any combat theatre fought before. Herr’s clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, capturing the unique flavor of the time and place and finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its publication, this modern classic retains its powerful resonance as America finds itself in the midst of another military quagmire.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time.” John le Carré, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“We have all spent ten years trying to explain what happened to our heads and our lives in the decade we finally survived—but Michael Herr’s Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade.” Hunter S. Thompson, New York Times bestselling author
“Having read Dispatches, it is difficult to convey the impact of total experience as all the façades of patriotism, heroism and the whole colossal fraud of American intervention fall away to the bare bones of fear, war and death.” William S. Burroughs
“Nothing else so far has even come close to conveying how different this war was from any we fought—or how utterly different were the methods and the men who fought for us.” New York Times Book Review
“What a passionate, compassionate, brilliant book this is. With uncanny precision, [Dispatches] summons up the very essence of [the Vietnam War]…I believe it may be the best personal journal about war, any war, that any writer has ever accomplished.” Chicago Tribune
“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.” Washington Post
“Michael Herr’s Dispatches…remains one of the seminal texts in our understanding of the American experience in Vietnam. His unblinking, earnest, but absurdist treatment of a hundred landing zones, fire bases, base camps, and Saigon hangouts before and after the Tet Offensive in 1968 is full of powerful images, unforgettable characters, and haunting scenes of violence. Those unfamiliar with the original will recognize its flavor from derivative works like Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. Like many sixties classics, Dispatches is not long on structure. This lack of structure is no impediment for the listener. Like Homer’s Iliad, Herr’s war stories seem suited to being spoken rather than read. Ray Porter provides the perfect clear, clipped, but not overdramatic narration. Porter’s occasional character voices enrich the text without distracting from it.” AudioFile
“Herr captures the almost hallucinatory madness of the war…This is a compelling, truth-telling book with a visceral impact, its images stuck in the mind like shards from a pineapple bomb.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Herr

Michael Herr is the author of Dispatches, The Big Room, and Walter Winchell and is coauthor of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English