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A Rumor of War [Kindle Edition]

Philip Caputo
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"To call it the best book about Vietnam is to trivialize it . . . "A Rumor of War "is a dangerous and even subversive book, the first to insist--and the insistence is all the more powerful because it is implicit--that the reader ask himself these questions: How would I have acted? To what lengths would I have gone to survive? The sense of self is assaulted, overcome, subverted, leaving the reader to contemplate the deadening possibility that his own moral safety net might have a hole in it. It is a terrifying thought, and "A Rumor of War" is a terrifying book."--John Gregory Dunne, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"Caputo's troubled, searching meditations on the love and hate of war, on fear, and the ambivalent discord warfare can create in the hearts of decent men, are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature."--William Styron, "The New York Review of Books"

"Every war seems to find its own voice: Caputo . . . is an eloquent spokesman for all we lost in Vietnam."--C. D. B. Bryan, "Saturday Review"

"A book that must be read and reread--if for no other reason than as an eloquent statement against war. It is a superb book."--Terry Anderson, " Denver Post"

"This is news that goes beyond what the journalists brought us, news from the heart of darkness. It was long overdue."--"Newsweek"

"Not since Siegfried Sassoon's classic of World War I, "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer", has there been a war memoir so obviously true, and so disturbingly honest."--William Broyles, "Texas Monthly"

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The definitive book of the Vietnam War - and a classic of war literature.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best personal accounts of the war 18. Juni 2000
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Phillip Caputo's "A Rumor of War" takes a place along with Fredrick Downs's "The Killing Zone" and Lt. General Harold G. Moore's "We Were Soldiers Once...and Young" as one of the best first person accounts to come from the Vietnam War. Caputo was not grievously wounded like Downs or Ron Kovic of "Born on the Fourth of July" fame. His scars were more of the psychological variety. He served his country faithfully and for his efforts he was nearly court-martialed. Caputo is an excellent writer (he became a journalist after the war) and his descriptions are among the war's most vivid. Not a heroic tale, unless you consider that every man who went to Vietnam and did his duty rather than following the example of our current commander-in-chief is in his own way heroic.
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Caputo describes "the splendid little war" as his road from an enthusiastic idealist poisoned by the romanticized view of war as a chivalrous and noble enterprise to the dehumanized and desensitized wreck that he becomes during his tour in Vietnam. The book is an amazing testimony about the true nature of war with all its atrocities and horrors. Caputo brilliantly captures the endless despair of being strained in the jungle with no clear reason for being there, the hopeless madness of chasing the guerillas and the agony of loosing friends. But the most important aspect of this book is that it shows how a normal mentally healthy person can be turned into a thoughtless killing machine in the course of a few months, fast on the trigger, without any remorse for his victims. Caputo uses very strong and vivid images such as "pigs eating napalm-charred human corpses" to force the reader into his story and feel what Caputo has felt. Very realistic book that cannot leave you indifferent, definitely up there with Remarque's "All quiet on the Western front." If you want to know what fighting the Vietnam War was really like, I can't imagine how any book can possibly be better than Rumor of War.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic Book Of War 27. April 1999
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Rumor Of War is about the 1st Battalion Third Marine Regiment in Vietnam. There have been many books written about 1/3, but this is, and probably will remain, the classic. This book has become required reading in many high schools. Mr. Caputo is an excellent writer, and this is the story of his time in Vietnam. I served with 1/3 a year after Mr. Caputo, and combat officers didn't last long without death or injury. A must read to understand one important view of the Vietnam War.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen lehrreich und erschütternd 11. Mai 2000
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Seit Generationen haben meine Vorfahren im Felde gelitten oder sind gefallen; ich bin der erste Wehrpflichtige der Familie, dem der Waffendienst im Felde erspart blieb. Um mir ein Bild vom Kriege zu machen und was er den Menschen antut, nahm ich eine umfangreiche Lektüre deutscher, englischer und amerikanischer Werke auf. Caputo hat als einer der Besten meine Neugier gestillt. Er schreibt einen hervorragenden Stil: einfach, ehrlich, und doch spricht aus seinen Zeilen der gebildete Offizier. Wer Caputos Buch gelesen hat, weiß, worauf er sich einläßt, wenn er dem Kalbfell folgt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mandatory Reading. 10. Mai 2000
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There are a few books which I believe should be mandatory reading for everyone, regardless of age, social position, political leaning, etc. "A Rumor of War" by Philip Caputo is one of those books. I would put it at the top of the list of most important books of the 20th century. What Caputo does with remarkable skill and power is strip away all the myths that have ever been perpetuated about the act of war, whether those myths came from sanctimonious politicians, overly vocal patriotic robots, or bleeding hearts subject to knee-jerk bouts of insecere moral condescention.
Caputo's approach is simple. He tells it like it was, without embellishment or concealment. He says early on in his forward that every word contained in the book is ture and thanks to his clear and lucid memory, the plausibility of his stories, and the attention paid to detail. He doesn't try to shock us with overwrought language or uptight narratives, he simply lets the truth present itself. He tells us what he did and why he did it; what he felt and why he felt it. The beauty of this approach is the empathy it inspires. It is not at all hard for the reader to imagine himself as Caputo in the jungle, waiting for the VC to show himself.
"A Rumor of War" thrusts us into the heart of the Vietnam War, one of the most important and forgotten chapters of 20th century history. Through this book we bear witness to the essence of warfare, without the moralizations and distortions of those who make the wars, those who justify them, or those who condemn them. I think anyone in a position of power should be required to read this book, as should everyone else. It's not easy for the conscience to rest once we realize that this is the kind of world we live in.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great span of experience 7. Oktober 1999
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This an excellent description of the beginning of the American ground involvement in Viet Nam. I especially like the way Caputo describes his and his fellow Marines' attitudes before they shipped out, and how they soon changed as they started to fight the war. It took me several reads to fully comprehend how much he and his fellows changed in less than a year. His account of the fall of Saigon is a real snapper too, when it's compared to the beginning of the book. A fine companion to the Best and The Brightest, and A Bright and Shining Lie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vielleicht das beste Buch zu Krieg in Vietnam
Ist schon eine Weile her, aber selten hat mich ein Buch so mitgerissen. Ist, mit "Chickenhawk" und "Going after Cacciato" (fiction), die Pflichtlektüre zum... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von van.der.molen veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen absolut empfehlenswert!!!
jedem, den true stories interessieren und der sich mit dem thema krieg beschäftigt, kann ich dieses buch nur ans herzen legen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2006 von Frodo
5.0 von 5 Sternen a masterpiece
I've read several war novels in the course of my high school education, but this has to be hands down the best one. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von Kendall
5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book ever
I cannot describe the emotional impact this book had on me. The vivid descriptions and detail truly brings the scope of what the US did in Vietnam into focus. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2000 von Brandon Lawson
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Rumor of War
I must say this book really opened my eyes. I never quite understood why many people have troble whith thier lives after coming back from war. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent
Not much else I can say that everyone else hasn't already, this one's has a 5 star average for a reason. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen phillip caputo puts you in the jungle and the battle !
if you were fortunate enough to miss the horror of the vietnam war but always wondered what it was truly like, then phillip caputo puts you there. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen riveting...i was unable to put down the book.
probably the most interesting book i have ever read about vietnam
Am 25. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
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They had already been where we were going, to that frontier between life and death, but none of us wanted to listen to them. So I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war, to endure the same old experiences, suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own. &quote;
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