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American author and journalist. Latest book is the travel memoir THE LONGEST ROAD. Best-known for A Rumor of War , a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War.


NYT story: PLOT THICKENS AS 900 WRITERS BATTLE AMAZON: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/bus....


I am among the 909 authors who signed the open letter, composed by Douglas Preston, asking his readers to tell Amazon to stop using writers as hostages in negotiations with Hachette. As visitors to this site know, I have called on Amazon customers to boycott the online retailing giant, because quite...

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Average rating: 4.01 · 9,157 ratings · 886 reviews · 25 distinct works · Similar authors
A Rumor Of War
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,980 ratings — published 1977 — 25 editions
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Acts of Faith
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,222 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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The Longest Road: Overland ...
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 512 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Crossers
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 426 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
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Ghosts of Tsavo: Stalking t...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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The Voyage
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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Horn of Africa
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 166 ratings — published 1980 — 14 editions
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10,000 Days of Thunder: A H...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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Indian Country
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1987 — 7 editions
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1991 — 9 editions
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“Directly overhead the Milky Way was as distinct as a highway across the sky. The constellations shown brilliantly, except the north, where they were blurred by the white sheets of the Aurora. Now shimmering like translucent curtains drawn over the windows of heaven, the northern lights suddenly streaked across a million miles of space to burst in silent explosions. Fountains of light, pale greens, reds, and yellows, showered the stars and geysered up to the center of the sky, where they pooled to form a multicolored sphere, a kind of mock sun that gave light but no heat, pulsing, flaring, and casting beams in all directions, horizon to horizon. Below, the wolves howled with midnight madness and the two young men stood in speechless awe. Even after the spectacle ended, the Aurora fading again to faint shimmer, they stood as silent and transfixed as the first human beings ever to behold the wonder of creation. Starkmann felt the diminishment that is not self-depreciation but humility; for what was he and what was Bonnie George? Flickers of consciousness imprisoned in lumps of dust; above them a sky ablaze with the Aurora, around them a wilderness where wolves sang savage arias to a frozen moon.”
Philip Caputo, Indian Country

“Before you leave here, Sir, you’re going to learn that one of the most brutal things in the world is your average nineteen-year-old American boy.”
Philip Caputo, A Rumor Of War

“Anyone who does not acknowledge the darkness in his nature will succumb to it...the lamp of conviction needs to be shaded by doubt, or it burns with a blinding light.”
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