“[Caputo’s] descriptions of combat photographers and war correspondents are right on the money.”–The New York Times Book Review
DelCorso's Galleryby Philip Caputo
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/i>/b>
A classic novel of Vietnam and its aftermath from Philip Caputo, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir A Rumor of War is widely considered among the best ever written about the experience of war.
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.
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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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