A Rumor Of War

A Rumor Of War

With A Twentieth Anniversary Postscript By The Author

Book - 1996
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The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Vietnam memoir--featured in the PBS documentary series The Vietnam Wa r by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick--with a new foreword by Kevin Powers

In March of 1965, Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang 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 far 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 the author writes, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to them."

"Heartbreaking, terrifying, and enraging. It belongs to the literature of men at war." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

Publisher: ©1996
New York :, Picador,, 2017
Edition: Second Picador edition, Fortieth anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781250117120
1250117127
Branch Call Number: 959.70438 Caputo
Characteristics: xxiv, 354 pages ;,21 cm

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Jul 09, 2018

Loved it!

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

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.

KEVIN DOWD Apr 03, 2012

great read. fasinating and heartbreaking story. great twist at the end.

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