Dispatches by Michael Herr

Dispatches is a non-fiction book by Michael Herr that describes the author's experiences in Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine. First published in 1977, Dispatches was one of the first pieces of American literature that allowed Americans to understand the experiences of soldiers in the Vietnam War. At a time when many veterans would say little about their experiences during the war, Dispatches allowed for an experience and understanding of the war like no other source to date. The book is noted for a visceral, literary style which distinguishes it from more mundane historical accounts. Several of the soldiers mentioned in the book were used as the basis for characters in the movies Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.

The 28th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  2. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  3. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)
  4. - The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time (The Guardian)
  5. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  6. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Dispatches Paperback 18788 $3.49 $1.72 1991
Dispatches Paperback 2926707 $138.02 $3.94
Dispatches Paperback 683159 $13.05 $12.50 2003
Dispatches Paperback 1159923 $25.61 $5.55
Dispatches Mass Market Paperback 3147217 $7.62
Dispatches Paperback 1368795 $8.24 $0.29 1978
Dispatches Paperback 1476761 $9.61 $1.32 1991
Dispatches (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 35000 $9.99 2011
Dispatches Audio CD 685050 $12.34 $11.10 2009
Dispatches Paperback 1833314 $8.00 $0.01
Dispatches Audible Audio Edition 23215 $9.95 2009
Dispatches Paperback 2168092 $1.44
Dispatches Paperback 2239295 $8.94 $0.01 1978
Dispatches (Textplus) Hardcover 6935934 $69.94 1989
Dispatches Hardcover 378869 $13.84
Dispatches (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover 110121 $12.00 $7.77 2009