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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Phil Caputo  

Pen Name: Philip Caputo

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Westchester, Illinois - a village of Chicago

-- Phil Caputo on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Caputo was born in Westchester, Illinois. He attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park and Loyola University in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Caputo is a novelist and journalist. He shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1973, when he was a reporter for the ''Chicago Tribune''.He was born in Chicago and educated at Purdue and Loyola Universities. After graduating in 1964, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, including a 16-month tour of duty in Vietnam. He has written 14 books, including two memoirs, four books of general nonfiction, and eight novels. His acclaimed memoir of ''Vietnam, A Rumor of War'', is a memoir of his service during the Vietnam War as a marine lieutenant. It is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war and has been published in 15 languages, has sold over 2 million copies since its publication in 1977.He now resides in Norwalk, Connecticut and Patagonia, Arizona.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Horn of Africa /
ISBN: 0375725113. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 2002.

Vietnam veteran Carlie Gage is recruited to serve as a mercenary in Ethiopia.

DelCorso's gallery /
ISBN: 0375725091. OCLC Number:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston,. New York :. ©1983.

"At thirty-three, Nick DelCorso is an award-winning war photographer who has seen action and dodged bullets all over the world-most notably in Vietnam, where he served as an Army photographer and recorded combat scenes whose horrors have not yet faded in his memory. When he is called back to Vietnam on assignment during a North Vietnamese attempt to take Saigon, he is faced with a defining choice: should he honor the commitment he has made to his wife not to place himself in any more danger for the sake of his career, or follow his ambition back to the war-torn land that still haunts his dreams? What follows is a riveting story of war on two fronts, Saigon and Beirut, that will test DelCorso's faith not only in himself, but in the nobler instincts of men"--Publisher's website.

Indian country /
ISBN: 0375725105. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. New York :. 2004.

Vietnam vet Christian Starkman struggles to cope with the memories of the war, particularly those of Bonny George, a boyhood friend and member of the Ojibwa tribe who was buried on the battlefield.

Equation for evil :
ISBN: 0060984112. OCLC Number:

HarperPerennial,. New York :. 1997.

"On a quiet morning in California, a lone gunman opens fire on a busload of children headed for a field trip, then turns the gun on himself. Forensic psychiatrist Leander Heartwood and special agent Gabriel Chin team up to investigate the case, seeking at first only to solve this single disturbing crime but in time delving into issues of race, morality, and the complex forces at work in all horrifying acts of violence." --Back cover.

The voyage /
ISBN: 0679768394. OCLC Number:

Vintage Contemporaries,. New York :. 2000, ©1999.

At the turn of the century, a Maine fisherman sends his three sons to sea in June, with orders not to return before September. A woman descendant of the family recounts the boys' adventure in their schooner-- storms, shipwreck, murder--as well as the father's motive and the mystery of the mother's absence.

10,000 days of thunder :
ISBN: 0689862318. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2005.

It was the war that lasted ten thousand days. The war that inspired scores of songs. The war that sparked dozens of riots. And in this stirring chronicle, Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Philip Caputo writes about our country's most controversial war -- the Vietnam War -- for young readers. From the first stirrings of unrest in Vietnam under French colonial rule, to American intervention, to the battle at Hamburger Hill, to the Tet Offensive, to the fall of Saigon, 10,000 Days of Thunder explores the war that changed the lives of a generation of Americans and that still reverberates with us today. Included within 10,000 Days of Thunder are personal anecdotes from soldiers and civilians, as well as profiles and accounts of the actions of many historical luminaries, both American and Vietnamese, involved in the Vietnam War, such as Richard M. Nixon, General William C. Westmoreland, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Galloway, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, and General Vo Nguyen Giap. Caputo also explores the rise of Communism in Vietnam, the roles that women played on the battlefield, the antiwar movement at home, the participation of Vietnamese villagers in the war, as well as the far-reaching impact of the war's aftermath.

13 seconds :
ISBN: 1596090804. OCLC Number:

Chamberlain Bros.,. New York :. 2005.

Recounts the events surrounding the May 4th, 1970 shooting and the investigations that followed, discussing the impact the event has had on the families and friends of the killed and injured students and on the university.

Acts of faith /
ISBN: 0375725970. OCLC Number:

Vintage Contemporaries,. New York :. 2006, ©2005.

Crossers /
ISBN: 0375411674. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2009.

In a tale inspired by the brutality and beauty of life on the Arizona-Mexico border, September 11 widower Gil Castle finds his efforts to heal challenged by dark truths about his fearsome grandfather and retaliations against an act of kindness.


1973 Pulitzer Prize for Coverage of Primary Election Fraud
  • Overseas Press Club Award,
  • A Rumor of War

  • Sidney Hillman Foundation award,
  • A Rumor of War

    Speaking Engagements

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