A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

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The classic Vietnam memoir, as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago.

In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone.
A Rumor of War is more than one soldier's story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America's indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as Caputo explains, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to men."

"A singular and marvelous work." --The New York Times




 

About Philip Caputo

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Philip Caputo worked nine years for the Chicago Tribune and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his reporting on election fraud in Chicago. The author of numerous works of fiction, a second volume of memoir, and several books for young people, he divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.
 
Published January 1, 1977 by Ballantine. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Children's Books, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Caputo arrived in Danang with the Marines in 1965 during the early ""confident, complacent"" days when hardly anyone took the Vietcong seriously.

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20th-anniversary edition of Caputo's memoir of fighting in Vietnam.

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Caputo's Vietnam memoir helped clearly define this war as one from which boys returned as old men. The boo

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