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Caputo gives us a real insider's view of the life of a war correspondent.
Nick DelCorso, his main character, is a former soldier, former army photojournalist who now works as a war correspondent. DelCorso's in Vietnam & under fire again during the Fall of Saigon. That's the first half the book.
The second half the book, he's covering the Lebanese civil war that occurred in the late '70s after Vietnam was over.
In both places as well as at home, DelCorso faces danger, depression, and the roller coaster highs and lows of the aggressive competition that is the news business.
I loved the book. I recommend it highly. And Caputo's insights on this business that he builds into the development of the plot made me think, "This is just a little too bizarre to be made up or derived from interviews of those who were there." After a little internet research on Phil Caputo, I learned this is a narrative of what was basically his real life as a former soldier turned war correspondent. And led me to read his other 2 books.
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Posted July 6, 2012