Michael Herr’s DISPATCHES
This is not a combat story nor it is a history book but manages to convey both. It is gonzo journalism at its finest showing a war that was covered, managed, hidden and mismanaged unlike any war before it or after it. It is non-linear, unstructured and narrow in scope yet manages to convey the experience of the war. It is the tonal base for other seminal works of the Vietnam War including Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. It shows a war fueled by drugs and rock’n’roll where all the lines were fuzzy; the truth, the enemy, the whole point of it all. All of this is pinpointed by Michael Herr’s exceptional writing.
The glamour and horror, the courage and cowardice, the humour and sadness, the bravery and stupidity and the complete underlying tragedy is all exposed in a war that was full of contradictions from start to finish, and still is.
ISBN: 9781447275060 ISBN-10: 1447275063 Classification: Vietnam War , Asian history , Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000 Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x 19mm) Pages: 272 Imprint: Picador Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publish Date: 1-Jan-2015 Country of Publication: United Kingdom