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RIP Michael Herr

Michael Herr has died at the age of 76.

Herr was best-known for his non-fiction book Dispatches, a classic account of the Vietnam war, published in 1977.

Herr only published a handful of books. He spent much of his 20s travelling and working for magazines, and suffered from depression.

In 1967 Esquire magazine sent him to Vietnam to write a monthly column. He stayed more than a year, gathering the material for what became Dispatches.

He moved to London and for years was rather reclusive.

But he will always be remembered for that one brilliant book.

 

Picture source: Pfc. L. Paul Epley via Wikimedia Commons