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																A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
	 - Hardcover
			 - Book Club Edition
			 - 1977
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A Rumor of War

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A Rumor of War

by Philip Caputo

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New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1977 Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., New York. 1977. Hardcover. Stated First Edition but has BOMC mark on rear. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Very Good; bumped head and tail; wear to title on spine. DJ: Very Good; lightly sunfaded spine; chipping at head, tail, and upper rear tip. White linen boards and spine with black lettering on spine. 346 pp 8vo. One of the early stories about men at war in Vietnam and about what war does to them. The author is a Vietnam vet who went to Vietnam in 1965 as a marine infantry officer and spent 16 months there. An instructive book on what the soldier in Vietnam experienced and how it affected him/her. This book was a true first edition that was made into a BOMC copy. A clean very presentable copy in a Brodart mylar jacket.


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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On Mar 19 2005, Sophjacksam said:
Philip Caputo's book, A Rumor of War, is great for those who have already educated themselves on the Vietnam conflict and for those who are just beginning to learn about this important part of our history. Caputo tells the tells the story from his viewpoint, as the book his based on his time in Vietnam, and it discusses the transition from a civilian to green lieutenant to a member of the anti-war movement. It is a very moving story of how normal people can do extraordinary and sometimes terrible things. Things are not always black and white. War often brings out the best and worst in those involved.


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A Rumor of War
Philip Caputo
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Book Club Edition
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
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New York, NY
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Vietnam, Vietnam War, Vietnam War Veteran, PTSD, Chicago Tribune, war memoirs, combat fatigue,
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Memoirs; Autobiography;
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

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Our 20% off Back to School Sales is on now through the end of August. Walnut Valley Books is a small independent home-based business with the bulk of my holdings being of an American military nature covering everything from the Revolutionary War to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I also have holdings of books on the Middle East, the southwestern United States (New Mexico especially, Kansas related titles, Oklahoma related titles, and other regionally specialized books. All of my holdings are hand-selected to be good quality books of interest to the reader, historian, or the collector. In addition to the above, you will also find a wide range of other topics such as Medical, US History, autobiographical, biographical, sports, women's studies, and many other eclectic topics.


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