Philip Caputo Biography
Philip Caputo was born in June 10, 1941. He is an American author and journalist. He is best known for A Rumor of War, a best selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War. Caputo has written 16 books, including two memoirs, five books of general nonfiction, and eight novels. His latest is the novel Some Rise By Sin, which was published in 2017 by Henry Holt
Philip Caputo Age
The American author Caputo was born in Westchester, Illinois on June 10, 1941 is currently 77 years old as of 2019.
Philip Caputo Education
He attended Fenwick High School and Loyola University Chicago, graduating with a B.A. in English in 1964.
Philip Caputo Spouse|Children
Philip is married to Leslie Ware who is a retired editor for Consumer Reports magazine, and now a painter and novelist, Caputo has two sons from a previous marriage, Geoffrey, a professional guitarist with a day job as an electrician, and Marc, a political reporter for Politico.
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Philip Caputo Net Worth
Philip who is an author and a journalist has earned a decent amount of money from his career. He has an estimated net worth of around $92 Million as of 2019.
Philip Caputo Books
- A Rumor of War
- Acts of Faith
- Some Rise by sin
- Indian Country
- Means Of Escape
- DelCorso’s gallery
- The Longest Road
- Ghost of Tsavo
- Hunter’s Moon
- 13 Seconds
- 10,000 Days of Thunder
- The Voyage
- Equation For Evil
Philip Caputo A Rumor of War
A Rumor of War is a 1977 memoir by Philip Caputo about his service in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the early years of the Vietnam War. The book opens with a foreword in which Caputo declares that his purpose is not to produce a history book, or a political book, but to record the experiences of a single soldier. From there, the book is divided into three sections.
Part one is titled ‘The Splendid Little War’, and describes Caputo’s experiences joining the United States Marine Corps (USMC) then leaving for Vietnam. Caputo says that as he entered the USMC and went through basic training, Vietnam was thought of as a minor and insignificant conflict. Then he describes his unit’s arrival in Vietnam.
Caputo was part of the 9th Expeditionary Brigade, the first unit of regular American troops sent to Vietnam. Before then, American troops had served only as ‘advisors.’ Caputo describes some fierce fighting against the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong, a South Vietnamese group aligned with the communists in the North, while trying to defend an airstrip, which made him and his comrades realize this war was not going to be small or simple.
Part two, titled ‘The Officer in Charge of the Dead’, details Caputo’s change in perspective once he is transferred from his rifle company to a desk job documenting the deaths of American soldiers. He becomes skeptical of many of the commanding officers, who seem to be focused on trivial matters and not thinking of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong as serious threats. In a vivid scene, Caputo describes the officers as still holding movie nights outside, despite the risk of attack. More disturbingly, he documents examples of torture by the Viet Cong on the bodies of dead American troops, and sees American troops treating dead enemy bodies like hunting trophies. To know what part three entails get a copy of the book.
Philip Caputo The Longest Road
In the Longest Road, one of American’s most respected writers takes an epic journey across the nation, airstream in tow and asks everday Americans what unites and divides a country as diverse as it is vast.
Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Philip Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? Caputo resolved that one day he’d drive from the nation’s southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, talking to Americans about their lives and asking how they would answer his question.
Caputo, his wife, and their two English setters made their way in a truck and classic trailer (hereafter known as “Fred” and “Ethel”) from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska, covering sixteen thousand miles. He spoke to everyone from a West Virginia couple saving souls to a Native American shaman and taco entrepreneur. What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today’s United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could pull us apart.