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A Rumor of War

Caputo, Philip (Book - 1977)
Average Rating: 1 stars out of 5.
A Rumor of War
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Baker & Taylor
A personal memoir of the war in Vietnam, in which the author first served as a Marine and which he later covered as a reporter

Blackwell North Amer
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."

Authors: Caputo, Philip
Statement of Responsibility: Philip Caputo
Title: A rumor of war
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, c1977
Characteristics: xix, 346 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes: Autobiographical
Subject Headings: Soldiers United States Biography Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Personal narratives, American United States. Marine Corps Biography Caputo, Philip
Topical Term: Soldiers
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
LCCN: 76029900
ISBN: 003017631X
Research Call Number: JFE 78-161
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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 7/11/2012.

This was a fantastic book about one officer’s experience in the Vietnam war. Caputo pulls no punches when he talks about what happened. He lays it all out there and writes it as if you, the reader, are actually there. You feel like you’re in the trenches taking mortar rounds. You feel as if you’re struggling to climb a hill suddenly beseiged by Viet Cong who disappear as quickly as they’d arrived.

I had a hard time getting into this, but it wasn’t because the story was boring. It was anything but. However, once I was into it, I was into it and just like Caputo, I couldn’t wait for the Vietnam War to end. Such a truthful memoir. This is the realities of war. And that’s what I liked about it. He didn’t make it seem like some fantasy Hollywood blockbuster.

In short, if you’re interested in history, about past wars, or maybe you’re looking to join the military, this is definitely a book you should check out. Just don’t expect to read it in one day unless you skim it. I wouldn’t recommend skimming it because you’ll lose the full effect of the war that Caputo puts into his memoir.

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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