Dispatches #2020

Dispatches By Michael Herr Dispatches He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician the eye of a paintere premier war correspondence of Vietnam Washington Post The best book I have ever read on men war in our time John le Ca

  • Title: Dispatches
  • Author: Michael Herr
  • ISBN: 9780679735250
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dispatches By Michael Herr He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician the eye of a paintere premier war correspondence of Vietnam Washington Post The best book I have ever read on men war in our time John le Carre Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade Hunter S ThompsonBreathing inHell sucksKhe SanhIllumination roundsColleaguesBreathing out
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    1. Michael Herr

      Writer and former war correspondent, best known as the author of Dispatches 1977 , a memoir of his time as a correspondent for Esquire magazine 1967 1969 during the Vietnam War The book was called the best to have been written about the Vietnam War by The New York Times Book Review novelist John le Carr called it the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time Herr later was credited with pioneering the literary genre of the nonfiction novel, along with authors such as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Tom Wolfe.Herr co wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket which was nominated for an Academy Award with his close friend director Stanley Kubrick and author Gustav Hasford Herr wrote a pair of articles for Vanity Fair about Stanley Kubrick, which were later incorporated into the small book Kubrick, a very personal biography of the director He declined to edit Kubrick s film Eyes Wide Shut.

    161 thoughts on “Dispatches”

    1. Flip religion, it was so far out, you couldn t blame anybody for believing anything Guys stuck the ace of spades in their helmet bands, they picked relics off of an enemy they d killed, a little transfer of power they carried around five pound Bibles from home, crosses, St Christophers, mezuzahs, locks of hair, girlfriends underwear, snaps of their families, their wives, their dogs, their cows, their cars, pictures of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Huey Newton, the Pope, Che G [...]

    2. Having been in VietNam and having been in some of the Marine Units that Michael Herr writes about in Dispatches is the best depiction of war in general and VietNam in particular that I have ever read It started me on the path to healing that I had kept hidden since I came back from Nam Thank You Michael.

    3. UN CARTONE ANIMATO NOIR TOPOLIN, TOPOLIN, VIVA TOPOLIN Questo libro contiene tutti i film sul Vietnam che ho visto e che sono stati mai realizzati Full Metal Jacket di Stanley Kubrick la scena finale, la cosiddetta marcia di Topolino.Eppure stato scritto prima di qualsiasi film sul Vietnam.Il fatto che chiunque abbia voluto fare un film sull argomento ha letto Dispacci con attenzione, partito da queste pagine.A cominciare da Coppola, che per Apocalypse Now lo volle cosceneggiatore la voce off di [...]

    4. Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn t have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can t say that we have made a mistake Someone has to die so that President Nixon won t be, and these are his words, the first President to lose a war We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam How do you a [...]

    5. This is war reportage as heartbreaking poetry One of the roughest pieces of writing I have ever encountered Beautiful, angular and harsh stylistically There is a wonderfully and terrifyingly immersive quality to this book.

    6. Not only is this the most engrossing piece of journalism, the most touching memoir, and the most illuminating book on war I ve ever read it s also written as if Herr was on fire and being chased by literature eating wolves I read it twice in a row and would do it again.

    7. I d never heard Dispatches mentioned in speech or in print until I got a copy of it in a package sent to me from my uncle, who d died three or four days earlier Imagine my surprise when I found it was the basis for not only Full Metal Jacket but also, to some degree, Apocalypse Now It s or less what you d expect a war correspondent travels all around Vietnam for what seems to be several years I m not sure how long Herr was actually there , talking to the foot soldiers and the officers and anybo [...]

    8. 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 a [...]

    9. Made me curious about the spectral kingdoms and extinguished dynasties of pre colonial Vietnam, the spooky historical geography which haunts Herr from under the French place names and American grids Contemplating an unreal old map in his Saigon apartment, Herr knows that for years now there had been no country here but the war The terrain above II Corps, where it ran along the Laotian border and into the DMZ, was seldom referred to as the Highlands by Americans It had been a matter of military e [...]

    10. I went there behind the crude but serious belief that you had to be able to look at anything, serious because I acted on it and went, crude because I didn t know, it took the war to teach it, that you were as responsible for everything you saw as you were for everything you did What a book The first section, Breathing In, is one of the most astounding things I ve ever read Relentless, harsh, lyrical, and filled with insights than some writers achieve in an entire lifetime I marveled over every [...]

    11. In two weeks I ll be flying to Hong Kong, setting sail for Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia to deliver a series of lectures on a luxury cruise ship The topic I chose, Asia Through Hollywood s Eyes, has exposed me to some wonderful films, a number of which I ve reviewed on my blog or written about in my column for 3 Quarks Daily And I ve immersed myself in bios of Pearl Buck, Anna Leonowns the real life Anna of The King and I , Anna May Wong, Pierre Boulle, Somerset Maugham, along with books about [...]

    12. the writing is glib, self important and embarrassing in that desperate to be cool kind of way, which gets in the way of what is ostensibly the actual subject the vietnam war instead, it seems that the vietnam war was merely a canvas for the real subject of the book, his own writing, which is unfortunately completely insufferable Dexedrine breath like dead snakes kept too long in a jar gtfo worst.

    13. Fucking amazing Supposedly the most famous journalistic account of the war in Vietnam I wouldn t disagree Nonfiction, but to me on par with any of O Brien s work from a storytelling perspective, which is saying a lot Outpaced the highest of expectations.

    14. It would seem fitting, ordained, that they should live in the Highlands, among triple canopies, where sudden, contrary mists offered sinister bafflement, where the daily heat and the nighttime cold kept you perpetually, increasingly, on edge, where the silences were interrupted only by the sighing of cattle or the rotor thud of a helicopter, the one sound I know that is both sharp and dull at the same time The Puritan belief that Satan dwelt in Nature could have been born here, where even on the [...]

    15. Beautifully, vividly, outrageously, grotesquely renderd account of tagging along as a journalist in the peak years of Vietnam The writing is fierce, hallocinogenic, searing, and very subjective Herr is an Emersonsian transparent eyeball in this book, recording his impressions and imaginative reactions to the chaos and strange beauty surrounding him everywhere.Some very interesting characters Sean Flynn, son of Errol, who does war photography because he wants to truly see the world Tim Page, who [...]

    16. My hat s off to anyone who can sum up this book in a review It is beyond anything I ve ever read in its portrayal of men at war as witnessed by the war correspondents who accompany them on the front lines Unlike the embedded journalists of our own time, the writers and photographers who covered Vietnam were much closer to being free agents, restricted only by their ingenuity and fearlessness to seek out the action that would represent the essence of America s military presence in southeast Asia [...]

    17. Powerful bookp the first halft just the content, which is raw, but the language and punctuation even that captures brilliantly the maniacal be bop riot of this heart of darkness ride into the horrid past Easy Rider as, in fact, Sean Flynn quite literally was comes to Saigon, Khe Sanh, Hue.

    18. This book is very special I wouldn t recommend it to any newbie as introduction to Vietnam War It s raw, biased, consisting of handpicked mosaic of worst insanity Herr doesn t care about analyses, he doesn t go to archives, he even admits that he doesn t give a fuck about politicians, diplomats, or other stakeholders he can t even speak to them as they use different language Also, the book almost completely avoid topic that mattered the most ordinary Vietnamese, their faith, struggle, culture or [...]

    19. 9 10 Esquire, 1967, 1969 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 60, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , non fiction The Things They Carried, If I Die In A Combat Zone Box Me Up And Ship Me Home, A Rumor Of War, Chickenhawk , , , 1984 30 , .

    20. I d kind of heard of this, but didn t know its significance and avoided reading about it while reading it Turns out he later wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now, which makes sense because Vietnam film is 100% rooted in the language and stories of this book I m conflicted because it tells things as horribly as they were and yet within this book is the seed for the romanticism of the Vietnam war All those movies and all those people I always felt were enjoying them for al [...]

    21. 2.5 stars I don t doubt that Dispatches is a Great War Book The fault is with me I m not a good non fiction war book reader All the battles and shooting and carnage that Herr reports on made me feel numb Interestingly, two of my all time favorite works of fiction are about war The Things They Carried Vietnam and Redeployment Iraq Afghanistan Both of these powerful books brought me much closer to understanding the experience of war than Dispatches did.

    22. The thing about war books is how timeless they are, from Homer to Homs So it s odd reading a dated book about Vietnam to find that it s Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever grunts shoot and get shot at The blood, the fear, the thrill, the sarcasm, the black humor, the superstition, the body bags, the music, the enemy, the drugs, the killing, the being killed The book roars out of the gate with a great opening The longest section, on Khe Sanh, is classic Vietnam lit Sometimes it s tough to ev [...]

    23. I read this book completely high And I loved it Well not exactly as much as I loved The things they carried , but I loved it I have no idea if being high had anything to do with how much I enjoyed listening to the guy describe a brutal fire fight, but it was good anyways It s amazing that someone can tell a story about death and filth and bullets so beautifully, and at the same time with so much useful detail Never a dull moment in this book I loved it Oh, and just FYI, the movie Full Metal Jack [...]

    24. No matter what I choose as adjectives to describe Dispatches, it could not amount to anything other than diminishing the raw brilliance of Herr s writing to some tired clich Dispatches is unlike any book Ive read or anything I could have imagined It is in a class of its own It has been claimed as the finest personal account of war ever written Im not arguing.

    25. Overall a very good book, that sits up there with any Vietnam story ever told I think I expected a little from the book that was the basis for the screenplays of Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, but When it came down to it, all that was taken from this book for those films were very minor details, short anecdotes and characters There was so much of the book that was left untouched by Hollywood.But the stories were good, and Herr s experience was very unique There were angles on that war th [...]

    26. Dude can write The first full chapter, Breathing In , is a breathless masterpiece putting you right in the swirling mess of it, reaching out to all aspects of the war and pulling them in as it sucks you in with it But this is not all In Khe Sanh Herr changes pace for a slower, sparsely populated narrative, which despite the lower octave does not let up in intensity or observation, and finally breaks out of the surrounded marine base and shifts to a series of grimly funny scenes with the militar [...]

    27. Riveting and brilliant account of the chaotic and stressed out world of the soldier in Vietnam as digested by an embedded journalist From nearly 10 years of hindsight, Herr writes from his experience as a correspondent for Esquire for a one year period from 1967 to 1968, a time of major escalation in the war, including the Tet Offensive and major sieges of Hue and Khe Sahn The quality of the writing is solid and renders a great balance between the visceral experiences of combat the terror, menta [...]

    28. Sometimes it s not a bad thing to wait to read a book I started having people urge me to read this one in, let s see, the summer of 1983, and it was only recently that I finally got around to it I picked up a copy at the former Hanoi Hilton, where John McCain was held prisoner, now a museum, and read the first half on my way from Hanoi to Danang to Saigon OK, Ho Chi Minh City There is a fierce originality and honesty to the book, coupled with such intense subject matter, that made reading this a [...]

    29. I ve never read a better depiction of war, one that so made me feel it s terror and elation and insanity Herr portrayed the fruitlessness of Nam and the strength of our every day marines and soldiers masterfully For these reasons it wasn t an enjoyable book but it was masterful

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