Analysis Of The Book ' A Rumor Of War ' Essay

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A Rumor of War is an American novel that was written by author and United States Marine Corps infantry lieutenant Philip Caputo. The book was published by Macmillan Publishers in 1977 in New York City. The novel is the story of Marine Lieutenant Philip Caputo as he landed in Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed in Vietnam. The novel follows his life for the next sixteen months until his deployment is over. He enters the war with thoughts of ending it very quickly in a few weeks or months. He then planned on returning home to a parade of thankful citizens cheering, shaking his hand, and telling him how much of a difference he has made in the world. What he actually finds is a rude awakening to the realities of a war. He is not fighting the enemy that he had learned about at Officer Candidate School a few months earlier. He is fighting the Viet Cong, an enemy who does not play by the rules of war. Having served on the front line in one of the ugliest and deadliest wars in U.S. history, he returned home physically exhausted and mentally wasted. Philip Caputo was born and raised in the small town of Westchester, Illinois. Like other young men at the time, he had a strong desire to prove himself as a man. At twenty years old while attending Loyola College, Caputo enlisted in the Marines ' ROTC program with the dream of ending his days of comfortable living in a small town. He has the hopes of being a hero and being more than what he is back home. At Basic Training,…

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