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Means of Escape: A War Correspondent's Memoir of Life and Death in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Vietnam

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"A riveting memoir of years of living dangerously."—Kirkus Reviews

For the countless readers who have admired Philip Caputo's classic memoir of Vietnam, A Rumor of War, here is his powerful recounting of his life and adventures, updated with a foreword that assesses the state of the world and the journalist's art.

As a journalist, Caputo has covered many of the world's
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Holt Paperbacks (first published October 1991)
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Susan
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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FROM VIETNAM TO BEIRUT: FORGET AT YOUR OWN RISK



I read Means of Escape more than 20 years ago when it first came out and I just read it again. I loved it even more this time around. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Caputo is one of America's great writers. He is also a man that has experienced wars in a way most never will and his powerful images will stay with you long after you put this book down. His great Vietnam war classic, A Rumor of War, was born in bloody combat in the terrifying
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Brian Page
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His guiding principle seems to have always been, “Go as far as you can as fast as you can.” When applied to war zones, that principle often led to danger. Philip Caputo is, of course, a fine writer. To me, what stands out in MEANS OF ESCAPE is the level of introspection he injects into his accounts of war reporting from Vietnam, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. Particularly meaningful is his account of the fighting in Lebanon; and how accurately he unknowingly predicts the turmoil that has come ...more
Paula
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Caputo's a terrific storyteller. His insights about the events of our times are illuminating and deeply personal. The ending, with Caputo watching wildlife outside his window, feels sad, as if the passion -- one of his most compelling qualities -- has finally broken him. But the updated foreword hints, I think, that the passion was rekindled, if on a slightly more sensible scale. I hope he's happy. Really.
John Benson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir of Philip Caputo's years as a war correspondent. Both his memoirs, RUMORS OF WAR and this one, are exceptional. As I have read a mix of his fiction and non-fiction, it is interesting to see how different parts of his life inform his fiction. What Philip Caputo is especially good at is helping you understand the whole external setting for different things that have happened to him, like when he is kidnapped in Beirut, and his internal emotions while going through the events. He ...more
Jimmy
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Caputo discusses his time as a war correspondent during the 1970s. He throws in a chapter about his childhood dream to be an astronaut and a chapter about going to Italy to discover his roots. The two best chapters were the one about the fall of Saigon and the one about the Lebanese civil war. I found both stories to be terribly sad. The suffering that some people go through can even be too much to bear for those of us who just care about others. I can't imagine what it was like for those poor ...more
Robert Marshall
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent-reads
Author Caputo has written a great auto-biography. This book “Does mean a thing”, and should be required reading at the high school level. As with all professionals the prose is immaculate, and should be honored as much as the amazing detail of his travels, trials, and tribulations.
Sarah Shrubb
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very fine book indeed. Full of awful things, but also full of intelligence, compassion, thoughtfulness and, most crucially, honesty. Something I immediately wanted all the people I care about to read.
Michelle
Dec 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, memoirs
I love all of Caputo's books. He has seen the best of the best and the worst of the worst and has retained his humanity.
Dirk
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Caputo's ever since A Rumor of War. This one won't dissapoint.
Marc Oliver
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny....
J.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a little full of himself
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I had read this book before, a bloody good read highly recommend.
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American author and journalist. Author of 17 books, including the new HUNTER’S MOON: A Novel in Stories. Best known for A Rumor of War, a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War. Website: PhilipCaputo.com