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Dispatches | [Michael Herr]

Dispatches

One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, finding clarity in one of the most incomprehensible events in our modern era. A National Book Critics Circle finalist and highly acclaimed upon its first publication, Dispatches still retains its resonance as America finds itself amidst another military quagmire.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest examples of war journalism ever written, Michael Herr's clearheaded yet unsparing retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, 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, Dispatches still retains its resonance as America finds itself amidst another military quagmire.

©1977 Michael Herr; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time." (John le Carré)
"The best book ever to be written about the Vietnam war." (New York Times Book Review)
"Tough, profane, relentless...elegant." (Newsweek)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-11-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "One of the GREAT war memoirs of ALL TIME!"

    I could say this is one of the best memoirs I've read. I could also say it is one of the most brilliant books on war I've ever read. It would probably be easier, however, for me to just acknowledge I haven't read many books that have the power, the poetry, the intensity, the vividness, the bathos and the pathos that Herr pushes through every single page of this amazing book. This is a book that haunts you hard while you read it and resonates both the horror of war and the surreal qualities of war and the men who fight it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Pasadena, CA, USA 06-23-10
    Darren Pasadena, CA, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A singular piece of work"

    I've read dozens of books dealing with war and Dispatches stands apart from nearly all of them.
    This is not meant to be an authoritative historical overview of the conflict in Vietnam. Rather it's a deeply personal account of Herr's time spent with the guys in the mud, doing the fighting, marking their time and hoping to make it home in one piece.
    Plenty of books have been written from this perspective before. But Herr's jazz-like prose, keen observations and raw honesty paint a picture that's so immersive it will be hard to forget.
    Put it in your shopping cart now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James San Diego, CA, USA 05-05-10
    James San Diego, CA, USA 05-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great read, very interesting, Thought provoking"

    I have listen over the last couples of months with fascination. The reading is well paced not monotone. The scientific explanations are will written and easy to understand.
    I have really enjoyed this audio book and would recommend it just for the historical perspective alone. It provides a startling and sometimes grotesque picture in words on subject almost forgotten by today generations.
    Makes you think before saying “just nuke them”.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    curt PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-23-10
    curt PORTLAND, OR, United States 11-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Vietnam"

    Gives you a feeling of what it was like, greatest Vietnam War Book ever written

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-20-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Brought me closer to Vietnam Vets and the War"

    This was a fantastic audible! It brought me closer to the Vietnam Vets and what they experienced as they fought in it and those that laid down their lives in Vietnam. The author, Michael Herr, wrote in such a way that you felt close to his emotions and the emotions of the soldiers. With his descriptions you could visualize the images that he saw as a journalist in Vietnam.

    He did an awesome job of telling his story and theirs. You could easily put yourself in his place. You could also understand how it had such ravaging effects of the soldiers.

    The performance by Ray Porter was superb.

    I was definitely glad that I purchased and listened to this audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 09-03-12
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 09-03-12 Member Since 2005

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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    "We Tear at Your Guts"

    Here's a superb look at the folly of how the US conducts war. Cover your eyes and just listen. Is this Iraq? Afghanistan? Vietnam?!!!

    Some things never change.

    Brilliant book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-26-12
    Andrew Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A great book brilliantly narrated"

    A superbly written, personal account of the Vietnam War told with absolutely pitch-perfect narration. Porter's performance empowers and invigorates Herr's writing in the same way a great actor breathes life into Shakespeare. Dispatches is not a linear history of the war or a chronology of Herr's experience. It is a series of vignettes, impressions and reactions to something Herr knows he will never comprehend. He writes masterfully of war's effects and how it feels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    richard lakeland, fl, United States 06-30-13
    richard lakeland, fl, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent and factual acount of being there"
    Would you listen to Dispatches again? Why?

    yes a reminder of times which should not beforgotten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mayhue


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but will again


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    brought be back in time with both saddness and fond memories of brothers past


    Any additional comments?

    a must read for all nam vets

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Brighton, CO, United States 11-12-12
    Jim Brighton, CO, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""Dispatches" paints a brutal picture."

    Herr paints a brutal picture of the Vietnam experience. If this is a part of history you are fascinated by or interested in, you must listen to this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 04-04-12
    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011

    I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.

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    "Into the depths of the Vietnam War"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dispatches to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio version tells the book in a way that kept me coming back for more. I couldn't wait to hear the narrator tell more of what was to come. He brought life to the writing that can't be duplicated in print. If you enjoyed


    What other book might you compare Dispatches to and why?

    Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - The narrator alone takes the book to a new level.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I've heard him before.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very last sentence of the book shouts at you and makes you realize what the men went through over there. This will truly stick with you and make you look at Vietnam differently than before.


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