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Philip Caputo

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American author and journalist. Author of 16 books, including the upcoming novel SOME RISE BY SIN. Best known for A Rumor of War , a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War (look for the special 40th Anniversary Edition in summer 2017).

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A Rumor of War

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Indian Country

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Somewhat belatedly, I wish a Happy 243d Marine Corps Birthday to all my fellow Marines, and a Happy Veterans Day to all veterans, but especially to the brothers from Vietnam.

World War I ended 100 years ago yesterday. In June, 1918, a Marine brigade consisting of battalions from the 5th and 6th regiments, attacked heavily fortified German positions in a former hunting preserve known as Belleau W...

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“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

“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

“The essence of the Marine Corps experience, I decided, was pain.”
Philip Caputo, A Rumor Of War

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