Delcorso’s Gallery

“An old-fashioned novel, crisply written.” —Time



A classic novel of Vietnam and its aftermath from Philip Caputo, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir A Rumor of War is widely considered among the best ever written about the experience of war.

At thirty-three, Nick DelCorso is an award-winning war photographer who has seen action and dodged bullets all over the world–most notably in Vietnam, where he served as an Army photographer and recorded combat scenes whose horrors have not yet faded in his memory. When he is called back to Vietnam on assignment during a North Vietnamese attempt to take Saigon, he is faced with a defining choice: should he honor the commitment he has made to his wife not to place himself in any more danger for the sake of his career, or follow his ambition back to the war-torn land that still haunts his dreams? What follows is a riveting story of war on two fronts, Saigon and Beirut, that will test DelCorso’s faith not only in himself, but in the nobler instincts of men.




“[Caputo’s] descriptions of combat photographers and war correspondents are right on the money.” —The New York Times Book Review 

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  1. Mr. Caputo,
    “DelCorso’s Gallery” changed my life from age 23 onward. I’m now 53.
    I was a student at UC Berkeley when your book had just been released. I didn’t know what I was going to do upon graduation. Be another lawyer, I’d thought. Then I read DG and thought, fuck the lawyer plan. A war was raging in El Salvador, there were lots of protests against the war on campus, but I couldn’t find anyone (including the protest leaders) who’d actually been to Salvador. Not recently, anyway. Not during the war.
    I took courage from your fictional photographer and from your own experiences in Lebanon and Vietnam and flew to Mexico City. From there I took a bus to Cuernavaca, studied Spanish, and then took a series of buses to San Salvador. I shot film on a freelance basis for a number of small publications, decided I wanted to be a reporter, attended Stanford, and from there worked for two small newspapers, then UPI and by 1989, a year after reporting on the Soviet-Afghan War while traveling with the mujahideen, got on with the L.A. Times. You can see samples of my work at the website I’ve provided.
    Point of all this is: “DelCorso’s Gallery” shaped lives. Mine, at least. And I am enormously grateful. You also likely spared our planet another lawyer, and for that humanity should be grateful.
    I’m semi-retired right now, living in San Francisco. If you ever get out my way, I’d appreciate it very much if you’d let me buy you dinner.
    With great respect,

    • When they’ve published a book, many writers feel like the Robert Redford character in “All is Lost”: sticking a note in a bottle, tossing it overboard, and hoping it’ll wash ashore somewhere to be read by somebody. It was wonderful to hear that you’d not only read my note “DelCorso’s Gallery,” but that it changed the course of your life. And it was a positive thrill to learn that I’d had a hand in saving the world from one more lawyer. Humanity is grateful, the American Bar Association excepted.

      Thanks very much for commenting. You might be interested in my memoir of my foreign correspondent’s career, “Means of Escape.” It contains a chapter about traveling (and ducking bullets and gunships) with the Afghan mujahideen in 1980.

      All Best Wishes, Phil Caputo

  2. Rusty McKellar says:

    Mr. Caputo,
    just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your books. I read Rumor of War about 10 years ago and I think I may have re-read it about 50 times since then. I lost my father there (never knew him). I think your book is the best I’ve ever read about the Vietnam war, and I’ve read a lot of them. Not glamorizing it or making yourself out to be more than you were…
    Thank you for writing it and thank you for your service.
    I also really enjoyed DelCorso’s Gallery and Crossers. I just bought The Longest road and I look forward to it. I’ll get to them all at some point! Your writing style is awesome and I find your writing style very compelling.
    Just wanted you to know.


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