“How many times did someone have to run in front of a machine gun before it became an act of cowardice?”: First Edition of Dispatches; Lengthily Inscribed by Michael Herr

  • Dispatches.



Item Number: 5609

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.

First edition of “the best book to have been written about the Vietnam War” (The New York Times Book Review). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to a Syracuse University fraternity brother and classmate, “Al It was amazing and wonderful to see you after so many years- it doesn’t always work like this. I’m so happy to see you sane and healthy and actually as I remember you. With love and best wishes Mickey (aka Michael) Herr.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

Praised by John Le Carre as "the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time, Herr's vision of combat stands at the core of two seminal Vietnam films: Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), with its narration by Herr, and Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), whose screenplay earned Herr an Oscar nomination. Named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best and most influential novels since 1923.

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