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  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
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When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Reality of the U.S in the Vietnam War

  • By Glenn on 09-10-12

You need to read this book.

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Reviewed: 01-31-17

As most wars are not as pointless as Vietnam was, I would be remiss to suggest this as an antiwar novel. But for just how profoundly useless it was, and the effect it had on the people in the bush and at home, this book is powerful. The writing is superb, the accounts unflinching, and is powerful even to a guy born in 98, where the Afghanistan war is most comparable. It is a stunning chapter of American history that I'm glad my US history professor made us read. If the author is in Heaven, he'll be happy as an angel that his work is still prominent and powerful today as much as it was back then.

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