A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War

With A Twentieth Anniversary Postscript by the Author

Book - 1996
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A personal memoir of the war in Vietnam, in which the author first served as a Marine and which he later covered as a reporter.
New May 2006 SPL_AdultNonFiction
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1996
Edition: lst ed
ISBN: 9780805046953
080504695X
Characteristics: xxi, 356 p. ; 21 cm

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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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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 07, 2014

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