Dispatches - Chapter 1, Part I Breathing In Summary & Analysis

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Michael Herr works in South Vietnam as a war correspondent. His apartment in Saigon, capital city of South Vietnam, contains a wall map left behind probably by a French soldier before the United States became involved, at first slightly after the First Indochina War ended in 1954, and then more heavily in the 1960s. Herr lays out a few of the basic characteristics of the war: War has been the way of life for the country over decades of time; wiped-out enemy units keep reappearing in full strength; and, the enemy uses ground cover effectively. One primary American tactic is to destroy this cover.

Part I opens with an account of drug use among the soldiers, given to them by medics. One kind, Dexedrine, is an amphetamine to keep the soldier awake and alert. Another kind is a...

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