cover image Dispatches


Michael Herr. Vintage Books USA, $15 (272pp) ISBN 978-0-679-73525-0

American correspondent Herr's documentary recalls the heavy combat he witnessed in Vietnam as well as the obscene speech, private fears and nightmares of the soldiers. ``Herr captures the almost hallucinatory madness of the war,'' said PW. ``This is a compelling, truth-telling book with a visceral impact, its images stuck in the mind like shards from a pineapple bomb.'' (Aug.)