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    Available in PDF Format | A Rumor of War.pdf | English
    Philip Caputo(Author)
Originally published: New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977.

" 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"“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 ."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"

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  • PDF | Unknown pages
  • Philip Caputo(Author)
  • Henry Holt; First Edition edition (May 1977)
  • English
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  • Biography

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  • By Martin on 20 September 2017

    An interesting book depending on how much about the Vietnam War anyone has read. The descriptions of killingin wars is sadly very familiar to us now and footage of combatants being killed is easily available on-line for all to see.Thus visual evidence detracts somewhat from the written word as it's instant and very few words needed. The futilityof it all comes through well and his disillusionment gradually creeps into his thinking. Still worth a read though.

  • By Mr. Guy Chappell on 27 August 2017

    Excellent. Every time I put it down thinking I had had enough, I picked it up again and finished it.

  • By TSY on 3 September 2017

    Great description of the hopelessness of the Vietnam war. Should be read by anybody who advocates military conflict over diplomacy.

  • By Crookedmouth on 12 August 2010

    Rumor of War was one of a number of accounts of the VietNam war to come to the fore in the 70's and early 80's. Of these - Dispatches,Chickenhawk,Fields of Fire,If I Die in a Combat Zone and the like - Caputo's stands out as one of the best, if not the best.Written as the personal account of a serving USMC infantry officer, it has an honesty missing from contemporary fictional novels and successfully brings home the squalid, vicious, miserable reality of the war in a way that Herr fails to do in his brash, self-important, documentary-style Dispatches. Caputo leads us on a painful journey from an idealistic all-American volunteer to a cynical, damaged and bitter veteran and, by the end, when Caputo and members of his platoon find themselves facing a court martial for the murder of two suspected enemy prisoners, any misconceptions the reader may have as to the nature of the war have been lost for good. It's an exhausting journey too, and I almost found it a relief to have finished it.It is probably a cliche to describe this book as having real relevance in today's troubled world, but it is nevertheless true that it highlights what we expect our soldiers to do and to suffer in our name and what can go wrong when morals fall by the wayside. It is also probably a cliche to describe this as a classic, but of course this is also true."Most of all, we learned about death at an early age, when it is common to think of oneself as immortal. Everyone loses that illusion eventually, but in civilian life, it is lost in installments over the years. We lost it all at once."

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