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Krigslarm (1977)

af Philip Caputo

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In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit committed to fight in Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole, emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo would write in A Rumor of War, "This is simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them." It was far more than that. It was, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "the troubled conscience of America speaking passionately, truthfully, finally." It was the book that shattered America's deliberate indifference to the fate of the men it sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the years since it was first published it has become a basic text on that war. But in the literature of war that stretches back to Homer, it has also taken its place as an esteemed classic. As William Broyles--himself a decorated Marine veteran of Vietnam--wrote in Texas Monthly, "Not since Siegfried Sassoon's classic of World War I, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, has there been a war memoir so obviously true, and so disturbingly honest."… (mere)
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Simply the best book about Vietnam that I have ever read, and I have read many! The honesty with which Caputo writes this is refreshing and the journey he takes personally from initial deployment to his return home is fascinating. The book is powerful and it is the first book I recommend when one asks me for a book on Vietnam.
  WolverineTim | Oct 8, 2020 |
This is one of those books that changed writing about war, but our generation questioned all the values during 1960s and early 1970s. I am old enough to remember the war protests, and I volunteered one summer at the local VA hospital mental ward so I first hand the effects of war. The book starts when the main character is enlisted as an officer in the marines, indoctrinated into the system, and then starts questioning the purpose of the war versus the lose of life. Watching young men blown into unrecognizable masses and their lives cut short, the impact on their families, as well as the other soldiers makes for emotional conflict. And if you were raised Catholic and brought up to believe every person is the image of God, how do you reconcile your religious beliefs with your orders to kill? ( )
  kerryp | Jul 4, 2020 |
Caputo's look back at the beginning of America's major intervention into the Vietnam War. Heretofore, the emphasis on counterinsurgency had ruled strategic and tactical thinking. With the landing of US forces at Danang in 1965, all that began to change. From a perimeter base force to moving out into defensive patrols, Caputo's experience echoes in microcosm America's gradual escalation into a full out war in Indochina, albeit with a mishmash of restrictions and off limit areas. He also details his work counting casualties and the absurd situations that arose therefrom.

Caputo's book helped kick off the avalanche of Vietnam War related books that formed a sort of literary subgenre in the late 1970s and 1980s. This is one of the most important. I can't say the same for Caputo's subsequent fiction, but this work is vital to any student of the war or the literature that emerged from it. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Awesome. Spellbinding. Frightening. Such is the war memoir A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo who served in Vietnam as a young lad in 1965. As someone who has never been in the army let alone war this memoir is an eye opener, albeit a frightening one. I don't recall being opposed to the Vietnam War at the time as many were. I think I may have supported it while knowing almost nothing about it. Such a moral conflict for our young conscientious American men who were put in an impossible situation. Having read this memoir I now know that the war was wrong and too many of our young resources gave their lives for no justifiable reason. This book is important and I urge you to read it. I have been moved by it and disgusted by the facts. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Nov 9, 2017 |
I think I have read this back in the eighties; but I am not sure. But reading it [again] was no hardship. This is certainly one of the masterpieces to emerge from the Vietnam War. The core of the book takes place in the early days of the war, when the US troops move from advisors to combatants. It tells simply and clearly of the horror and fascination of war through the eyes of a naive junior officer. The writing style is very clear and uncluttered and, although I often shuddered, I enjoyed the read. The story is in the core of the book, but I urge everyone to read the prologue and the epilogue. These are brillantly set out thoughts on why the US were there in the first place [despite the French experience and the massive corruption] and then why it all went wrong. As I said a masterpiece! ( )
  johnwbeha | Sep 8, 2016 |
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In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit committed to fight in Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole, emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo would write in A Rumor of War, "This is simply a story about war, about the things men do in war and the things war does to them." It was far more than that. It was, as Theodore Solotaroff wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "the troubled conscience of America speaking passionately, truthfully, finally." It was the book that shattered America's deliberate indifference to the fate of the men it sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam, and in the years since it was first published it has become a basic text on that war. But in the literature of war that stretches back to Homer, it has also taken its place as an esteemed classic. As William Broyles--himself a decorated Marine veteran of Vietnam--wrote in Texas Monthly, "Not since Siegfried Sassoon's classic of World War I, Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, has there been a war memoir so obviously true, and so disturbingly honest."

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