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Dispatches | Michael Herr
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"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. "The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time."--John le Carre." . . . Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade."--Hunter S. Thompson. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What kind of mad man voluntarily goes in theater during a vicious war? Dumbfounded soldiers & marines often asked this of Michael Herr. As a war correspondent for Esquire, he went not just to the periphery, but into the viscera of 1968 Vietnam. These are war stories in the raw; from Herr himself & the very servicemen who lived the tales, many of whom had trouble distinguishing between their love of service & contempt for the Vietnam War.

britt_brooke 👉🏻Note: Herr also assisted with two of the most badass war films ever made. He co-wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket and provided written narration for Apocalypse Now. 10mo
trioxin_sematary Interesting! ...and I never knew that, Apocalypse Now is my favourite movie of all-time! 10mo
Susannah Terrific review, @britt_brooke. I read this in a Vietnam War literature class in college. Hard stuff but so, so effective. 10mo
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Reviewsbylola I read a Vietnam book recently. It was so interesting to me, mostly because it seemed like a long time ago but it really wasn‘t. My FIL fought in Vietnam and it gave me a newfound respect for him. 10mo
Reviewsbylola Something that shocked me was reading about how the soldiers were treated when they came home. They bore the brunt of the country‘s frustration about the war after sacrificing so much and risking their lives. Not to mention many of them were drafted. It blew my mind and my FIL confirmed that he experienced the same thing when he returned. 10mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s truly appalling the way the returning soldiers were treated. What was the book you read? I‘m looking for more about Vietnam. I‘ve read several, but I know there are tons out there. One I definitely recommend - and that I plan to reread this year - is: 10mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Thanks! Looking at the posts, I stacked it when you posted. 😆 Worst memory ever! 10mo
britt_brooke @trioxin_sematary I had no idea either. Both are awesome movies, and two of my husband‘s favorites! 10mo
britt_brooke @Susannah Thank you! I bet that was a fascinating but difficult class, content wise. What‘s another Vietnam book you‘d recommend? I‘ve read several, but I know there are boatloads out there. 10mo
Kimberlone I have had a copy of this on my shelf forever! Need to read! 10mo
britt_brooke @Kimberlone It‘s really a worthwhile read. 10mo
arubabookwoman If you haven't read Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes it's an excellent Vietnam novel. 10mo
britt_brooke @arubabookwoman Thanks! I haven‘t read it yet, but I plan to this year. 10mo
Reviewsbylola Haha, been there, done that! 10mo
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britt_brooke
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Vietnam:

“But you could fly up and into hot tropic sunsets that would change the way you thought about light forever. You could also fly out of places that were so grim they turned to black and white in your head five minutes after you‘d gone.”

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Lel2403
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$1.30 on Amazon dot com

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arubabookwoman Thanks. Not sure how this works. I will have to check it out. 14mo
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Lel2403
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I first ready this many years ago and it stayed with me. It‘s all about a journo during the Vietnam war and the effects this had on the soldiers themselves....only 99p on kindle at the moment

arubabookwoman Off to check whether it‘s on sale for US Kindle. 14mo
arubabookwoman No😒It‘s 12.99 here. 14mo
Lel2403 @arubabookwoman oh what a shame.... 14mo
Lel2403 @arubabookwoman ohh I just found it on Amazon dot com for $1.30....I‘ll post the page 14mo
KJHowe It‘s pretty much a classic. Well worth the read. 14mo
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MLRio
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Thinking of my grandfather today, and where my research has taken me this year, and how much we still have to learn from our own history. #memorialday

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britt_brooke
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PictureandBook Three of my teen favorites in there and one that I could never finish! 2y
britt_brooke @PictureandBook Which one didn‘t you finish? My guess is Catch-22. I loved it, but it‘s a slooow read. 2y
PictureandBook @britt_brooke yup! That‘s the one. Was going to make a catch22 joke...thought about restarting but my mind has it firmly placed in my high school experience 2y
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britt_brooke @PictureandBook 😆 I finally read it for the first time last year. 2y
Reviewsbylola I saw Kurt Vonnegut and immediately knew this had to be your post. 😂😂 2y
Leftcoastzen Kurt ! Kurt!Kurt! 2y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Naturally, haha! 2y
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen 💚💚💚 2y
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britt_brooke
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Thanks for the tag @Marchpane ! These are my short-term #fivestarpredictions. I'm stingy with my five ⭐️s!

@Jess7 @vivastory @Bookzombie @JenP - I'd love to see yours if you wish to participate. 😊

Marchpane Seeing everyone's posts for this tag is really making my TBR explode! Dispatches looks amazing 👍 2y
valeriegeary I Capture the Castle is fabulous! 2y
OrangeMooseReads The Salinger book is good. Which reminds me that I need to reread it soon. 2y
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JenP I want to read Dispatches too. 2y
britt_brooke @valeriegeary I'm really looking forward to reading it! 2y
britt_brooke @OrangeMooseReads It's the only one of his I've yet to read. 2y
britt_brooke @Marchpane @JenP Dispatches wasn't even on my radar, but Mary Karr mentions it several times in The Art of Memoir (which I just read) and it sounds SO good. My copy arrives tomorrow! 2y
readinginthedark I love your cover for I Capture the Castle! 😍😍😍 2y
britt_brooke @readinginthedark I wish this was the cover I owned! I pulled this image from Goodreads. 💚 2y
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MLRio
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Out on the street I couldn‘t tell the Vietnam veterans from the rock and roll veterans. The Sixties had made so many casualties, its war and its music had run power off the same circuit for so long they didn‘t even have to fuse. The war primed you for lame years while rock and roll turned more lurid and dangerous than bullfighting, rock stars started falling like second lieutenants; ecstasy and death and (of course and for sure) life.

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MLRio
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This is one of those books that will probably live somewhere in the back of my mind until I die. Beautiful and hideous, tender and cruel, harrowing in its honesty. Not an easy read, but a visceral, unforgettable one. It will change how you think about life, death, war, peace, humanity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MLRio
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I've read 50 pages of this book and it's already chewed me up a little bit. #nonfiction #militaryhistory #dispatches #vietnam

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BookishJess
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#aprilbookshowers Day 11 - #setinsoutheastasia
Well it looks like books set in Southeast Asia are lacking on my bookshelf. 😕 This book was the only one I found - nonfiction that takes place in Vietnam. This is my boyfriend's book that he had to read for class with more of his class books behind it.

BookishJess I just noticed the title of the book on the left 😂 3y
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MLRio
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Finally got my writing chair reupholstered, so now there's no excuse for not being productive ✍🏻 #writing

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Eyejaybee
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I remember reading this book as a schoolboy, probably in 1979 or 1980, when Apocalypse Now was first released, and becoming obsessed with the Vietnam War. Herr's memoirs, in his hypnotic prose, simultaneously appalled and enchanted me, and that throwaway line, "I think that Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods" sparked a certain zeitgeist among us, disenfranchised yet also over-privileged (though we didn't recognise that then).

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jdtchicago
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I keep thinking about all the kids who got wiped out by seventeen years of war movies before coming to Vietnam to get wiped out for good. You don‘t know what a media freak is until you‘ve seen the way a few of those grunts would run around during a fight when they knew that there was a television crew nearby; they were actually making war movies in their heads, ...getting their pimples shot off for the networks.

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LilithSaintcrow
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"You don't have to be a seasoned tactician to know your ass is cold."

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LilithSaintcrow
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And straight into Michael Herr's "Dispatches."

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Kensalikof
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R.I.P. Michael Herr.

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brendanmleonard
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RIP Michael Herr, who wrote this and the film based on it, Full Metal Jacket. This is one of those books I've been meaning to get around to, because Herr is cited as an influence in so much of the reporting I love.

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