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Walter Winchell
 
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Michael Herr
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Walter Winchell

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Published (first published April 22nd 2009)
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Larry Bassett
I am in a used book store looking for a copy of Dispatches, a popular Vietnam War book from 1978, by Michael Herr. Instead, I find Walter Winchell, A Novel by Michael Herr published in 1989. I figure I’ll give it a try. It is a small hardcover, 158 pages. Nobody in GR notices this book although it is an interesting read, probably because it is rarely available.

If you are under 30 you have never heard of Walter Winchell (1897-1972) who was a well known newspaper columnist and radio commentator in...more
Matthew
I love it when I find a book that's been barely reviewed on goodreads. It gives me a nice feeling like I've stumbled on something a little rare, of course I like it better when it really knocks me out, and this was just enjoyable and quick.

The author describes it as "a novel with a camera in it". It pretty much is a screenplay.

Walter Winchell was a famous radio personality who was very influential in his day. He started out reading zippy gossip: "Flash! Lana Turner won't start barking till she l...more
Lysergius
An evocation of the life and times of the journalistic demagogue who was also one of the most powerful men in America during the 1940s and 50s. Arrogant, ambitious, sentimental, cunning, loved and hated, Walter Winchell is brought to life in this novel.
Andrew Vachss
A brilliant piece of "fictional-fact."
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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 c...more
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