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  1. John King says:

    I was in the Army in Vietnam in 1970. It was possibly the worst and best year of my young 20 year old life. I came to realize how lost I was at the same time I was participating in a Lost Cause just like my Confederate ancestors who died at Gettysburg. In the Army in 1970 I never met one soldier who was a grunt volunteer. The way our leaders controlled us was to threaten to send us to a grunt unit. As you know 90% of soldiers are combat support and nobody wants to go to some firebase on the Cambodian boarder where you get overrun by NVA. I volunteered to fly as a doorgunner to escape that fate. Death is one thing, but to die after living worse than a dog for 8 months adds insult to injury. I liked “Matterhorn and ChickenHawk” which are two others books about Nam. The Vietnam War to me is thousands of wars since nobody was fighting the same war depending on where you were in-country. I don’t go to unit reunions because I don’t know a soul. The people I knew are all dead.

  2. Sage Williamson says:

    I just finished your book a second time, I chose to read it again for a summer assignment in AP US History. I wanted to comment because in your postscript that you wanted to see the future generations reading it and finding a quality in it that they could relate to. I’m 16 years old, and although I know I’ll never truly understand what you went through in Vietnam, your writing was so detailed that I felt I watched through your eyes each conversation, each battle, and each corpse as it was loaded onto a truck. It was an incredibly engaging read that I hope many others of my generation will have the opportunity to find. Thank you.

  3. jim bigane says:

    dear sir, just finished rumor of war. I am a navy nam vet. you have succeded in taking me to the wet muddy bug infested foxhole. I am from lagrange park Illinois. I cannot possibly explain to people what the other side of the world is like. you understand. are we wrong because our military today is made up of people who cant find jobs. I enlisted because I was going to be drafted. am I wrong because I wear a Vietnam veterans hat? am I wrong because I display my medals? your book makes me question myself. 18 years old and I meet hillbillys, rednecks, blacks from slums, Hispanics, even eskimos. but we all became one. after reading your book I am so confused, who do I believe on anything our government does today. I am so glad I picked this book up. I am in dialysis and read nothing but books on nam and this one is one of the best. I was so ashamed of the way the americans treated the Asian people. there are so many thoughts running thru my head, I don’t know what to think anymore, except what a tragedy that war was, and all of the waiste of young men dead, once again thank you for writing this book, and I will pass it on to other vets.

  4. Ben Kendall says:

    Mr. Caputo : Interesting perspectives … I shared a base camp at times with H. Murphy McCloy …

    Your perceptions … were much different than … my observations & analysis … I’m not sure why McCloy did not submit actuals & special operations/DIOCC information … CAP 2-4 in particular which … gives a picture of 24-7 life of Combined Action Platoons … in that same area south of and in the Da Nang area … Toi Cum Biet ! … Ben Kendall

    Linkedin ben kendall … the one with Buddhist Statues.

  5. Bernard says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo,
    I really enjoyed your book,The Longest Road. You painted a wonderful picture of our country and those of us who occupy it. It was good to read that the country is not as screwed up as the media has us believe.
    I also wanted to let you know that it has been over 30 years since I first read A Rumor of War. It was the first book I read that was not required reading. My brother had spent time in the Marines and I wanted to be like my big brother. After reading the first chapter and seeing you were from Westchester ( I lived in Brookfield } it caught my attention. Your book changed the way I felt towards war and the military. Thanks again .

    • Thanks for the good words. And to everyone who has commented favorably about The Longest Road on this site — it wouldn’t hurt if you spread the word by writing a brief review for

  6. don wendling says:

    Mr Caputo you’re books ghosts of tsavo was good rumor of war great

  7. margaret says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo,
    I just finished a Rumor of War. My brother served in Vietnam in 1968-69. I was ten years old at the time. Your book has helped me to understand what he experienced and why it was so difficult for him when he came home. Thank you for writing this book.

    • Philip Caputo says:

      Thank you for the comment, and I’m glad the book shined a light into your understanding of what your brother went through.

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