the fine print: from Vanity Fair 1999, a writer goes to Saigon in search of ghosts

July 11, 2012

I had been thinking of revisiting a book I read in the early 1980s, Dispatches by Esquire correspondent Michael Herr, hailed as one of the first most realistic depictions of war – the Vietnam War – ever written. While clicking about to try and recall the name and publication particulars, I came across this essay, written for Vanity Fair back in 1999 by Richard Pyle.

Saigon Quartet

Four of the Vietnam War’s finest combat photographers—Larry Burrows, Henri Huet, Kent Potter, and Keisaburo Shimamoto—were shot down in a helicopter over the Ho Chi Minh Trail on February 10, 1971. After nearly three haunted decades, the author joined the search for his colleagues’ final resting-place.

Read the full essay by clicking here.


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