Michael Neiberg is back with our On Writing series and this time he’s talking with Philip Caputo in the virtual studio. Phil, a Marine infantry lieutenant, is a combat veteran who served in Vietnam before becoming a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author. His first book, A Rumor of War, has sold over 2 million copies and was eventually adapted as a two-part TV movie in 1980. He has written memoirs, travel books, fiction, non-fiction and award-winning investigative journalism pieces and he discusses the shift of mental gears to accommodate each of the genres.
I’ve discovered as I get older that I’ve sort of wanted to retire, but haven’t been able to. I just have to keep writing. The whole day, the whole week, the whole month, the whole year doesn’t feel right unless I’m working on some sort of project.
Philip Caputo is an American author and journalist. He is best known for A Rumor of War, a best-selling memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam War. Caputo has written 16 books, including two memoirs, five books of general nonfiction, and eight novels. His latest book is Hunter’s Moon.
Michael Neiberg is the Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Other releases in the “On Writing” series:
- UNDERSTANDING CHINA THROUGH ITS RECRAFTED PAST: RANA MITTER
- WRITING ON A DEADLINE: SHASHANK JOSHI
- REAGAN AS THE PEACEMAKER: WILL INBODEN
- W.E.B. DU BOIS IN THE WOUNDED WORLD: CHAD WILLIAMS (ON WRITING)
- RUSSIAN IMPERIAL HISTORY-THEN AND NOW: ALEXANDER MIKABERIDZE
- TAKING COMMAND: TAMI DAVIS BIDDLE
- HOW TO WRITE THE HISTORY THAT HASN’T ENDED: IAN ONA JOHNSON
- AS TIME GOES BY: UNDERSTANDING FREE & VICHY FRANCE (ON WRITING)
- GENERAL HISTORY: H.R. McMASTER (ON WRITING)
- WHEN A GENERAL WRITES FOR THE GENERALIST (ON WRITING)