Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ten top books on 1960s America

Stuart Cosgrove is the author of Detroit 67: the Year that Changed Soul. One of his top ten books on 1960s America, as shared at the Guardian:
Dispatches by Michael Herr

John le Carré described Dispatches as “the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time”. Although written in the 1970s, it flashes back to the height of the Vietnam war in the late 1960s, crafting characters that in turn influenced Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket. It is war reportage, battlefield drama and intense tragedy and remains one of the great war books even today.
Read about another book on the list.

Dispatches appears on Andrew Sharples's top ten list of war memoirs, George Saunders' six favorite books list, Lawrence F. Kaplan's list of five books on American intervention abroad, Gail Caldwell's five best list of memoirs, and Judith Paterson's list of the 10 best books of social concern by journalists.

--Marshal Zeringue