Last Updated: 05 Jun, 2023 | Views: 193
Other Profession(s): Journalist
Famous For: Author, Known For Memoirs And Fiction
Higher Education: Loyola University Chicago (B.A)
Philip Caputo is a novelist and journalist from the United States. His best-selling memoir on his experiences in the Vietnam War, A Rumor of War (1977), is what made him most famous. 16 volumes total, including two autobiographies, five works of general nonfiction, and eight novels, have been written by Caputo. His most recent book, "Hunter's Moon," was released by Henry Holt in 2019. He graduated with a B.A. in English in 1964 after attending Loyola University Chicago and Fenwick High School. Caputo worked as an infantry lieutenant (platoon leader) in the US Marine Corps in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) from 1965 to 1966.
In 1968: Caputo started a career in journalism by joining the Chicago Tribune staff following his three years of service in the Corps.
In 1973: Caputo was a member of the writing team that earned the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Chicago election fraud.
In 1975: His work covered the fall of Saigon and the Soviet Union, as well as the Middle East.
In 1975: During the Battle of the Hotels in Lebanon, a militiaman with an AK-47 shot him in the ankle.
In 1977: A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo's autobiography of the Vietnam War, has been published into 15 other languages.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1973: He was honored with the Overseas Press Club Award.
In 1977: Caputo got the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award.
In 2006: Caputo was awarded the Connecticut Book Award.
Following graduation in 1964, he spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including 16 months in Vietnam.
He has written scripts for Paramount Pictures and Michael Douglas Productions, among other companies. On the Charlie Rose Show and the Today Show, Caputo has appeared as a guest.