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A Rumor of War
A Rumor of War is a book bases on personal experiences of the author Philip Caputo during the Vietnam War. Philip served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). He was deployed in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. When he came back he chose to become a journalist. He is renowned for his book A Rumor of war which he wrote 10 years after returning from war.

The book starts with Philip’s narrating the reason he joined the United States Marine Corps (page 1) and ends with him being cleared of all charges by a court martial (356). All indications show that he had great pride in joining the USMC. He viewed the war as good thing. He was intrigued with the good side of the war. At this point he was young. He was encouraged by the idealism of J F Kennedy of “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” All these factors show that the idea of warfare was good as long as the war is due to a worthy cause and in this case, there was indeed a worthy reason to fight. He also viewed it as a good service to the country and was happy to be in the fore front of serving this country. He was very excited and quite eager to be recognized and promoted in the army by earning medals (14). He was also eager to learn practically by being in the war itself. Philip went to Vietnam . When in Vietnam, is when he got to experience the true side of the war and reality set in. He got to witness horrific sites such as seeing his fellow marines getting killed, he writes of the young men who got killed or got injured (47) on either the Vietnamese or American side. They lost their lives every day or got injured due to mines, enemy snipers, accidents or booby traps. He wrote of how young men including him had become dehumanized and demoralized due to such sights. When a mine exploded and killed his fellow marines, he became very angry. This led him and his men burn a Vietnamese village; he described this as the “most horrific scenes in the...
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