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A Rumor of War (1977)

de Philip Caputo

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In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit committed to fight in Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole, emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo would write in A Rumor of War, "This is simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them." It was far more than that. It was, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "the troubled conscience of America speaking passionately, truthfully, finally." It was the book that shattered America's deliberate indifference to the fate of the men it sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the years since it was first published it has become a basic text on that war. But in the literature of war that stretches back to Homer, it has also taken its place as an esteemed classic. As William Broyles--himself a decorated Marine veteran of Vietnam--wrote in Texas Monthly, "Not since Siegfried Sassoon's classic of World War I, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, has there been a war memoir so obviously true, and so disturbingly honest."… (més)
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I have had Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, on my bookshelf and TBR pile for year and having just finished it, I have to say it was a compelling story. A Memoir of one man's experience in Vietnam, we here from Lt. Philip Caputo in his own words.

Landing in Danang withe Marine in 1965, Caputo tells of us of his thrill of being part of his "splendid little war." By the end of his tour he has been leading a platoon 2 different time, in between being a staff officer and at the end of his term again being a staff officer. He and his men had been accused and tried for the murder of two South Vietnamese, a murder which he men were later acquitted for and he having the most serious charges dropped. He blamed both himself and the war this "atrocity.", not shirking from responsibility but trying to place a greater understanding of being in the field for an extended time in Vietnam.

An excellent book of one man's perspective of his service in Vietnam from the highs to the lows with a brief epilogue of his post military life.

A must read. ( )
  dsha67 | Apr 24, 2024 |
Caputo knows Vietnam, he knows the war. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Good
  Dermot_Butler | Nov 8, 2023 |
Good eye-opening Vietnam War memoir. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
12/4/22
  laplantelibrary | Dec 4, 2022 |
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In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit committed to fight in Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole, emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo would write in A Rumor of War, "This is simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them." It was far more than that. It was, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "the troubled conscience of America speaking passionately, truthfully, finally." It was the book that shattered America's deliberate indifference to the fate of the men it sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the years since it was first published it has become a basic text on that war. But in the literature of war that stretches back to Homer, it has also taken its place as an esteemed classic. As William Broyles--himself a decorated Marine veteran of Vietnam--wrote in Texas Monthly, "Not since Siegfried Sassoon's classic of World War I, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, has there been a war memoir so obviously true, and so disturbingly honest."

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