A Rumor of War

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Henry Holt and Company, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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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

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I was hesitant about this book for the first half of this book, and wouldn't have recommended it to most people. In the first two thirds of the book Caputo was a young marine, and like a lot of marine ... Read full review

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A Rumor Of War was actually a non-fiction book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I usually don't enjoy a history lesson, but this was a personal experience by the author and it was really interesting. I'm ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

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 seven works of fiction and a second volume of memoir, he divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.

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