Thursday, April 24, 2014

George Saunders' six favorite books

George Saunders is an acclaimed short-story writer and a professor at Syracuse University.

One of his six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Dispatches by Michael Herr

I re-read Dispatches whenever I want to be reminded of how intelligent and communicative prose can be. This is the best writing about war anyone ever accomplished. Herr is a legendary stylist, a great reporter, and a profound human being, and this book feels newer and more essential every time I open it.
Read about the other books on the list.

Dispatches appears on 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