Author Interviews


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The New York Times: A Conversation Between Philip Caputo and William Least Heat-Moon (2013)

Parade Magazine: In Search of America. One Nation Indivisible (2013)

Reader’s Digest Best of America: “What Unites These States?” (2013)

Chicago Tribune Printers Row: Q&A with Philip Caputo on The Longest Road (2013)

Concerning Caputo: Africa and Acts of Faith as Art, Science, and Much More (2013), a book-length appraisal of my 2005 novel ACTS OF FAITH

WLA Journal interview with Philip Caputo (2000)

Bookbrowse conversation with Philip Caputo about Crossers (2009)


Podcast: The Leonard Lopate Show (NPR), Interview about RETURNING TO VIETNAM 50 Years Later in A Rumor of War (2017)

Podcast: Esquire Classic—Styron’s Choices by Philip Caputo

Radio: The Leonard Lopate Show, Interview about THE LONGEST ROAD (2013)

Radio: Culture Shocks interview with Barry Lynn about THE LONGEST ROAD

Podcast: “Blood Lines: The Literature of War,” a reading by Philip Caputo & Kevin Powers in conversation with Elliot Ackerman | The PEN/Faulkner Podcast Series (2013)

Radio: Kansas City NPR (KCUR), Interview about THE LONGEST ROAD (2013) 

Radio: WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Interview about THE LONGEST ROAD (2013) 

Radio: Interview with Scott Simon, WEEKEND EDITION, NPR News, about Acts of Faith (2005)

Podcast: National Writers Series, interviewed by Karl Marlantes (2010)


Charlie Rose Show (to play video, click below to go to the Charlie Rose website; interview starts at the 33:50 minute mark)

Philip Caputo on Charlie Rose

The Author’s Road, 36-minute author interview (2012) (to play video, click below to go to YouTube)


Telling “Out on a Ledge” story on (2009)  (or play audio version)

Video: Pritzker Military Library interviews Philip Caputo on Acts of Faith (2005)

Video: interview between Karl Marlantes and Philip Caputo (2010)

Video: Writing War, conversation with Philip Caputo, Michigan Humanities Council (2010)

Video: Tucson Festival of Books: Writer’s Panel Discussion on the U.S. and Mexico Border (2010)

Author Archives

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center: Philip Caputo letters, papers, audio and video archives


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  1. Paul David Adkins says:

    Good evening, sir!

    My name is Paul David Adkins, an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran. I recently published a book of poetry pertaining to my experiences there: FM 101-5-1. May I send you a copy? Thank you for considering.

    Paul David Adkins

  2. Hello Philip, I interview authors; you have captured my attention and I’d love to interview you. My friend (Jeffrey Brant White) who served in Viet Nam has your 10,00 Days of Thunder book on his coffee table.

    I interview authors via email or phone (your choice) of published book(s); drop me a line and let’s talk. It is only about 17 questions or so long.

    My website is located at the following place; OR

    I look forward to hearing from you. It is a simple; I email you questions and you return them with the answers. I do make a few exceptions and may phone interview if agreed to by both of us.

    Here is a sample of an interview with Craig Johnson author of Longmire, books plus the A&E Network and Netflix series recently published to my website:

    Let’s talk. “After all, if we are not here to help each other, then what are we here for?”
    David Alan Binder
    P.S. The fine print: By filling out the interview questions, you agree to the publishing of the interview on my website.
    Join the Community: People I’ve interviewed are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, David A. Adler author of 250 books, Dandi Mackall author of 450 books (one is a Hallmark movie-My Boyfriend’s Dogs), UCLA Professor of screenwriting – Richard Walter, Bill Crider author of mystery fiction, Craig Johnson for the series Longmire, Robin Burcell, Barry Lancet (Japantown, was optioned by J. J. Abrams), Craig Dirgo and Boyd Morrison (all THREE are coauthors of different books with Clive Cussler), Robert Gatewood, authors of Children’s books, thrillers, poetry, historical novels, romance, non-fiction, self-publishers and those with over 20 famous publishing houses, an 11 year old author, Father Goose, Don Knotts’ brother-in-law, editors, two authors that have a TV special for Hallmark and Teachers, PHD’s, Lawyers, Doctors, Educators, and Professors, Self-Help gurus, writers for articles, journals, magazines and technical writers, all sorts and types of award winners, a singer, plus authors in (10 countries) Japan, England, Wales, Canada, India, Scotland, Ecuador, Spain, Australia and (43 states) USA. Over 240 authors of collectively almost 4000 books!

  3. Ibrahima Mbodji says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo,
    I am writing a thesis on war basing on your memoir A Rumor of war.
    How can I get in contact with you for an interview or can you suggest me resources for that fact.
    Sincerely yours

  4. Dear Mr.Caputo,
    My name is Shae’Lynn Abran. My friends and I are doing a history project on the Vietnam War. We were wondering if we could do an interview with you? It would mean so much to us because I am presently reading your book, “10,000 Days of Thunder” and I realized that you would quote about your troop or “unit” as you might call it, so we were wondering if you could stop by our school one day hopefully before March 2016, because we are entering the National History Day Contest and March is our first competition.
    Our school is located in Kailua Kona HI, the address is 74-5118 Kealaka’a St. Hope you can make it!

    Shae’Lynn Abran, Karen Eckert, and Dru Hong:)

  5. Ed Moorehead says:

    After reading “Road” I sought and found “The Voyage”. Wills sight reduction lessons to Drew is great. Reminds me of Buckley’s calculator in “Airborne”

  6. Donald Turken says:

    Mr Caputo-I do not recall how or when I first picked up A Rumour of War. Regardless, I have read all but The Ghosts of Tsavo and The Longest Road; I will be getting them soon. You are on my short list of favorite authors including John Steinbeck and Truman Capote. In bookstores and elsewhere, when searching out a book of yours to give as a gift and when talking literature, including discussions with book people (publishers, editors), of note is your mastery over a story weaving parallel lines of disparate unrelated characters together towards a tremendous denoument. The contrast with popular writing comes up always as to its triteness pulpness of simplified serials. Thanks for the many hours of pleasurable reading on my imagination, fiction and non-fiction. Donald

  7. Lou Arresta says:

    Dear Mr Caputo, I just finished reading The Longest Road. I thoroughly enjoyed it and did not want the story to end. I give you a lot of credit for a trip of that length with your wife and two dogs. All the best in your life, Lou.

  8. Art Salyer says:

    Just finished the Longest Road….New Years Eve here at the Beach in Cambria Ca. A wonderful read…particularly for the road warrior like me. Carried it and read it each night to my last trip…to Asia. Thanks for bringing me so much enjoyment.

  9. Dear Mr. Caputo —
    My colleague, Jo Ann Schusterich, has already contacted you on behalf of the Big Read, here in the Chicago suburbs, and we’re all terrifically excited to meet you in May!

    As the party responsible for the “Meet the Author” portion of, I ask a favor: will you give us permission to link to your site?


    Ms. Noel Zethmayr, Reference Librarian
    La Grange Public Library, La Grange, IL

  10. Jo Ann Schusteriich says:

    Hi Phil,
    I am writing you on behalf of The Big Read, a one-book, nine-library event which takes place February through April each year. This is our tenth Big Read and we have selected your book, The Logest Road, as our Big Read 2014 book.
    Our nine libraries, located in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, celebrate the Big Read by choosing a book which will encourage the people in our communities to come together to read and to also attend the book discussions and programs about the themes that are addressed in the book.
    We also invite the author of the book to come and speak at the finale event which has been traditionally held on the first Thursday in May. Are you interested and available to come and speak? What is your fee? We are willing to pay for airfare, transportation and hotel accomodations.
    Please contact me at 630-986-1976, or at my email address.
    Thank you,
    Jo Ann Schusterich, Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL
    The other Big Read libraries are: Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Indian Prairie (Darien and Willowbrook), La Grange, La Grange Park, Lisle, Thomas Ford (Western Springs)and Woodridge.

  11. Meg Austin says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo:

    I co-teach an American Studies class in Phoenix, Arizona and used your recent excerpt published in Parade to start our discussion of American Culture. I also shared your video clip that explains the origin of your project and book. It was perfect!I hate to add on to the requests but I would also love to have my students submit questions, if possible.
    Thank you for your work and I look forward to reading The Longest Road.

    Meg Austin
    Mountain Pointe High School
    Phoenix, AZ

  12. Kathleen Walter says:

    Dear Mr. Caputo,
    I am a high school history teacher and this year we assigned your book “Rumor of War” as our summer reading assignment for high school ap juniors. When the assignment was posted one of English teachers chuckled, his dad is Dr. Milsolvic. We are going to interview him via Skype. I was hoping that you might be able to take some email questions from our students. They are already very interested in your book, have e-mailed me questions in July!!! I will put them all together and won’t allow redundancy and will only send the strongest ones.

    Thank you for your consideration!
    Kathleen Walter
    Glen Rock High School
    Glen Rock, NJ

    • Philip Caputo says:

      Thank you, Floyd. God to hear from you.

    • Philip Caputo says:

      Dear Ms. Walter: I will be traveling and very busy until mid-August. I could get to your students’ questions then, if it’s not too late. Please limit the questions to five or six.

      Best regards, Phil Caputo.

  13. pat kozell says:

    I was looking in the parade the Sunday paper and it read “one nation,indivisible”. UNDER GOD!Did you write it missing Under God?

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