Michael Herr, whose reports from the front lines of the Vietnam War for a magazine were turned into his acclaimed nonfiction novel \u201cDispatches,\u201d died June 23, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 76. Michael Herr, whose reports from the front lines of the Vietnam War for a magazine were turned into his acclaimed nonfiction novel \u201cDispatches,\u201d died June 23, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 76.\u201cDispatches\u201d was widely heralded after it was published in 1977. It \u201cbecame an immediate classic of war reportage,\u201d wrote the Everyman\u2019s Library book publishing company in an April 16 post on Facebook. Everyman\u2019s Library reprinted \u201cDispatches\u201d in 2009 as a contemporary classic. \u201cFrom its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, \u2018Dispatches\u2019 makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone.\u201dThe novelist John le Carr\u00e9 praised \u201cDispatches,\u201d calling it \u201cthe best book I have ever read on men and war in our time.\u201dThe book was touted as an example of New Journalism. Other writers of that genre included Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson, Gay Talese, and Tom Wolfe. Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox.Herr was born April 13, 1940, in Syracuse, New York. He served as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine from 1967 to 1969. After publishing \u201cDispatches,\u201d he went on to help write the narrative parts for director Francis Ford Coppola\u2019s war film \u201cApocalypse Now\u201d (1979). He teamed up with director Stanley Kubrick and fellow author Gustav Hasford to write the screenplay for another war film, \u201cFull Metal Jacket\u201d (1987). Their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.Herr is survived by his wife, Valerie Herr.We invite you to share condolences for Michael Herr in our Guest Book.