Michael Herr





Michael Herr

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born
in Syracuse, New York, The United States
April 13, 1940


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Writer and former war correspondent, best known as the author of Dispatches (1977), a memoir of his time as a correspondent for Esquire magazine (1967–1969) during the Vietnam War. The book was called the best "to have been written about the Vietnam War" by The New York Times Book Review; novelist John le Carré called it "the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time." Herr later was credited with pioneering the literary genre of the nonfiction novel, along with authors such as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and Tom Wolfe.

Herr co-wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket which was nominated for an Academy Award with his close friend director Stanley Kubrick and author Gustav Hasford.

Herr wrote a pair of articles for Vanity Fair...more


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Dispatches
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 6,763 ratings — published 1977 — 36 editions
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Kubrick
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Walter Winchell: A Novel
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The Big Room
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The Portable Sixties Reader
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Full metal jacket
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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“...if that energy could have been channelled into anything more than noise, waste and pain it would have lighted up Indochina for a thousand years.”
Michael Herr

“How many times did someone have to run in front of a machine gun before it became an act of cowardice?”
Michael Herr, Dispatches

“Take the glamour out of war! I mean, how the bloody hell can you do _that_? Go and take the glamour out of a Huey, go take the glamour out of a Sheridan...Can _you_ take the glamour out of a Cobra, or getting stoned at China Beach? It's like taking the glamour out of an M-79, taking the glamour out of Flynn." He pointed to a picture he'd taken, Flynn laughing maniacally ("We're winning," he'd said), triumphantly. "Nothing the matter with _that_ boy, is there? Would you let your daughter marry that man? Ohhhh, war is _good_ for you, you can't take the glamour out of that. It's like trying to take the glamour out of sex, trying to take the glamour out of the Rolling Stones." He was really speechless, working his hands up and down to emphasize the sheer insanity of it.

"I mean, you _know_ that it just _can't be done!_" We both shrugged and laughed, and Page looked very thoughtful for a moment. "The very _idea!_" he said. "Ohhh, what a laugh! Take the bloody _glamour_ out of bloody _war!”
Michael Herr, Dispatches

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