|Plot Summary of A Rumor of War|
|"Phillip Caputo was a Marine Lieutenant during the first years of the Vietnam War. His story is personal, recounting the atrocities of war and the way they affected him and other he knew. Caputo witnesses the deaths of friends and enemies, and his youthful idealism is systematically broken down by the horrors he participates in and observes in Vietnam. The memoir centers around a frightening moment, during which Caputo allows his depressed, defeated, and wildly angry platoon to massacre a Vietnamese village without any provocation."
Judy Berman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Rumor of War|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Led as soldier
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- infantry soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Very much smarter than other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
Book makes you feel?
Lot of foul language?
Commentary on society?
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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