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Phillip Caputo was a Marine Lieutenant during the first years of the Vietnam War. His story is personal, recounting the atrocities of war and the way they affected him and other he knew. Caputo witnesses the deaths of friends and enemies, and his youthful idealism is systematically broken down by the horrors he participates in and observes in Vietnam. The memoir centers around a frightening moment, during which Caputo allows his depressed, defeated, and wildly angry platoon to massacre a Vietnamese village without any provocation.
This report prepared by Judy Berman








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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Led as soldier War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+ Which war?    -   Vietnam

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Jungles?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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