Michael Herr was a novelist and war correspondent. Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1940, he began reporting from Vietnam for Esquire in the 1960s, during the height of the war. He later chronicled those experiences in his memoir, Dispatches. He is the author of three other books, The Big Room, Walter Winchell, and Kubrick, and coauthor of the screenplays for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. He died in 2016. Robert Stone, a National Book Award winner, lives in New York City.
"The best book I have ever read on men and war in our
time."--John le Carr "In the great line of Crane, Orwell, and
Hemingway . . . Herr reaches an excruciating level of intensity . .
. 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."--The Washington Post " . . . Dispatches
puts the rest of us in the shade."
--Hunter S. Thompson