Author Archive: Philip Caputo

I've written 15 books. My latest is The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean. My first, a memoir of Vietnam titled A Rumor of War, has been published in 15 languages, has sold two million copies since its publication in 1977, and is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war. My most recent novel, Crossers, was set against a backdrop of drug and illegal-immigrant smuggling on the Mexican border. The Longest Road, a travel/adventure memoir, was published by Henry Holt in summer 2013.

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Article about Some Rise By Sin

This article, giving a summary of Some Rise By Sin and some background about the novel’s genesis, appeared today, April 18. http://moresbypress.com

April 18, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More

Upcoming SOME RISE BY SIN readings and book signings

Some Rise by Sin publishes in early May, and I’ll be updating here my various appearances to promote the book. Hope to see you at one of these events. Thurs., 5/11 7 pm: Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT http://fergusonlibrary.org/event/book-launch-some-rise-by-sin-a-novel-by-philip-caputo/ Mon., 5/15 7 pm: Brazos bookstore, Houston, TX http://www.brazosbookstore.com/ Wed., 5/17 7 pm: Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ http://www.changinghands.com/ […]

April 1, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAY 5 (Feb.27)

The Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world. It surges more than 2,700 miles from its springs in the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau, coursing through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia to the humid delta in Vietnam, where  its brown waters spill into the blue South China Sea. The Jahan cruised to […]

March 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAY 4 (Feb.26)

The first day aboard the Jahan begins  with an early-morning Tai Chi session on the Terrace Deck. It’s led by a young Cambodian woman who executes the forms with a ballet dancer’s grace.  The eight or ten passengers who try to follow her, including me, look as if they might be a tad drunk, or suffering […]

March 27, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAY 3 (FEB. 25)

“Many Vietnamese want to emigrate to the U.S.,” said the 30-something man named Thinh. He added, half-jokingly–that is, half-seriously: “If you adopt me I could emigrate to America without a visa.” His comment was one indication that my initial impression of today’s Vietnam as a country marching toward a promising future was somewhat Pollyanna-ish. A […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAYS 9 & 10 (March 3-4)

Friday, the 3d of March. We are off the Tonle Sap and back on the Mekong, which isn’t navigable by large vessels for much farther. That’s why it’s our final day on the Jahan. Buddhist monks come aboard to bless the ship, their chants hypnotic and soothing. She casts off, and while she cruises toward an anchorage […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAYS 7 & 8 (March 1-2)

Cambodia’s Spider Man stands five feet three or four (with a good wind under him), weighs around 120 pounds (with a brick in his back pocket), and is 66 years old. His real name is Ree — that’s a phonetic spelling — and he earns his living scaling tall coconut palms to harvest their fruits, […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAYS 11 & 12 (March 5-6)

On Sunday, after we’ve toured the royal city of Angkor Thom (once the capital of the aforementioned Jayavarman VII), Leslie gets sick. All but five of our group have succumbed at one point or another to the intestinal distress that’s inevitable when traveling in Southeast Asia. She and I are riding back to Siem Reap […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAY 6 (FEB.28)

Phnom Penh would present us with mind-bending contrasts, I stated in my last post. At sunrise, after having another go at Tai Chi on the terrace deck, we disembarked, toured the capital in cyclos, then visited the Royal Palace, a spectacular sight. Pagodas and pavilions with swooping, golden roofs; tranquil gardens shaded by mango trees; an ornate, […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More

UP THE MEKONG TO ANGKOR WAT — DAYS 1& 2 (Feb.23 -24)

  If ever I’d been made an offer I couldn’t refuse, it was the one that popped up in my inbox several months ago. Lindblad/National Geographic Tours asked me to be guest speaker on a 12-day “expedition” up the Mekong River through Vietnam to Cambodia and the storied temples of Angkor Wat. All expenses for me […]

March 26, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
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