A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War


By (author) Philip Caputo


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  • Publisher: Owl Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 229mm x 33mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 15 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 080504695X
  • ISBN 13: 9780805046953
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 65,221

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"A singular and marvelous work." -- The New York Times"Compelling . . . A thoroughly honest view of what the experience of Vietnam meant to a young college graduate, a 'gung-ho' lieutenant in the marine corps who enlisted for the 'heroic experience' of war . . . It is the most eloquent statement yet on what Vietnam was for the lower echelons who had to do the dirty work." -- Seattle Times"Heartbreaking, terrifying, and enraging . . . It will make the strongest among us weep."-- Los Angeles Times

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Author information

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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"To call it the best book about Vietnam is to trivialize it . . . "A Rumor of War "is a dangerous and even subversive book, the first to insist--and the insistence is all the more powerful because it is implicit--that the reader ask himself these questions: How would I have acted? To what lengths would I have gone to survive? The sense of self is assaulted, overcome, subverted, leaving the reader to contemplate the deadening possibility that his own moral safety net might have a hole in it. It is a terrifying thought, and "A Rumor of War" is a terrifying book."--John Gregory Dunne, "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Caputo's troubled, searching meditations on the love and hate of war, on fear, and the ambivalent discord warfare can create in the hearts of decent men, are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature."--William Styron, "The New York Review of Books""Every war seems to find its own voice: Caputo . . . is an eloquent spokesman for all we lost in Vietnam."--C. D. B. Bryan, "Saturday Review""A book that must be read and reread--if for no other reason than as an eloquent statement against war. It is a superb book."--Terry Anderson, " Denver Post""This is news that goes beyond what the journalists brought us, news from the heart of darkness. It was long overdue."--"Newsweek""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."--William Broyles, "Texas Monthly"