Friday, March 4, 2011

DISPATCHES - Michael Herr

Rated as one of the great books of war reportage, we have a volume of articles that were written during the late sixties and published in Esquire magazine.

The author was in the field on patrol with the service men and was in several different parts of the country, in the south with the army, in Hue and Khe Sanh with the Marines.

What is most striking to me is that even though this was written at the height of the war there is nothing judgemental in the articles. We have straight reportage, with all the sadness, tragedy and humour that occurred.

This is a great read and thoroughly deserves its place alongside other great war literature.

The author co-wrote screen plays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, reading this you will see that scenes have been lifted directly to the screen.

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