In March 1965, Marine Lieutnant Philip J. Caputo landed in 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 is far more then that. It is, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in ...
In March 1965, Marine Lieutnant Philip J. Caputo landed in 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 is far more then that. It is, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in the New York Times Book Review, 'the troubled conscience of America speaking passionately, truthfully, finally'. It is 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 to rank alongside All Quiet on the Western Front and The Naked and the Dead.
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You cannot be a student of American history without reading this.
Apr 26, 2012
Solid factual historical account with great details and vivid picture of events
Oct 20, 2011
platoon of books
rumor of war was ist best seller on nam.today,see stolen valor) it is chic for people to say they served as oliver stone (platoon).in the 70sit was smart to brag about how u avoided it!!1
clint eastwood 1976 made enforcer where the bad guys were crazed nam vets,bt 82 he started plaYING A GOOD GUY V NAM VET,any which way u can and so on.
i also recommend where the orange bloon by tom talyor and fields of fire by jim webb.
May 3, 2007
Early view of Vietman War
"Rumor of War" is the story of a Marine officer who becomes discussed with the early war effort. He saw American Marines die for a people who weren't willing to sacrifice themselves or their children.
Apr 27, 2007
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. Even though it deals with military cambat it's very easy to read and follow. I felt like I know so much more about what Viet Nam was like because of this book.
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