At this time, from 1960, American involvement in the war went up to a great extent. Michael Herr is one among the journalists who was covering the war story in Vietnam in a more realistic way.
There are lots of books written about the Vietnam War which includes ‘A Rumour of War’ by Philip Caputo, ‘Dispatches’ by Michael Herr, ‘The Things They Carried’ by Tim OBrien, We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: la Drang – The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore etc. These books are considered to be the best when it comes to understanding the Vietnam War. One book that is considered to be the most useful of all for better understanding of the Vietnam War was Dispatches by Michael Herr.
Michael Herr was a former war correspondent and he was working as a correspondent for Esquire Magazine during Vietnam War. He covered the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1969 and during that time he became a renowned Journalist. He was one among the few journalists who understood the real scenario and dared to take any risk to get the story. All his stories were published in the Esquire Magazine.
Many war books published during that time mainly contained the accurate historical accounts about the war. Until that time, assessment about a war meant assessment about the outcome of every day’s battle. No one assessed about the soldiers’ position during those battle. Even books were written mainly based on the information provided by the high ranking Generals. The books written based on these details can never be trustworthy as it may be concocted ones. Michael Herr’s ‘Dispatches’ is totally free from any intervention from any high ranking official or the government. The uncensored brutality of the Vietnam War was inscribed in this book. The book can be considered as the voice of the soldiers.
This book mainly concentrates on the sufferings of the soldiers during