Philip Caputo

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Novelist and journalist Philip Caputo has written 15 books, including his acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, A Rumor of War, which has sold two million copies since its publication in 1977 and is widely regarded as a classic in the literature of war.

Born in Chicago, Caputo graduated from Loyola University in 1964, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1967. During 1965-66 he served as an infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. His professional writing career began in 1968, when he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune, serving as a general assignment and team investigative reporter until 1972. For the next five years, he was a foreign correspondent for that newspaper, stationed in Rome, Beirut, Saigon, and Moscow. He was part of an investigative team that won a Pulitzer prize in 1973.

In addition to books, Caputo has published dozens of major magazine articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces in publications ranging from The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post to Esquire, National Geographic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has also lectured at about 20 universities and prep schools around the country, worked as a screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Michael Douglas Productions, and appeared in several TV documentaries on the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and other subjects.

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