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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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780712664455
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 28 mm


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"A singular and marvellous work - a soldier's-eye account that tells us, as no other book that I can think of has done, what it was actually like to be fighting in this hellish jungle" * New York Times *
"All men who go to war experience a moral as well as a physical odyssey, but few were as dramatic as that of Philip Caputo ... a sensation that was elevated to instant classic status ... I would rate his book much higher than Michael Herr's celebrated Dispatches ... much of the value of this immensely readable tale of a young man's murderous follies is that he tells many things that are not peculiar to Vietnam, but embrace the behaviour and feelings - or lack of them - of soldiers on all battlefields" -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times *
"Unparalleled in its honesty, unapologetic in its candour and singular in its insights into the minds and hearts of men in combat, this book is as powerful to read today as the day it was published in 1977. Caputo has more than earned his place beside Sassoon, Owen, Vonnegut, and Heller" -- Kevin Powers
"To call this the best book about Vietnam is to trivialize it. A Rumour of War is a dangerous and even subversive book, the first to insist that readers asks themselves the questions: How would I have acted? To what lengths would I have gone to survive? A terrifying book, it will make the strongest among us weep" * Los Angeles Times Book Review *
"Caputo's troubled, searching meditations on the love and the hate of war, on fear and the ambivalent discord warfare can create in the hearts of decent men are amongst the most eloquent I have read in modern literature" * New York Review of Books *

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