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Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo served in the US Marine Corps from 1964–67 as a member of the first ground combat unit to fight in Vietnam–a time described in his classic memoir A Rumor of War. From 1968–1977, he served as a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, sharing the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1972. His first novel, Horn of Africa, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1980. He is the author of more than thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Acts of Faith (Knopf, 2005), set in war-torn Sudan.


Juárez: City of Death

Summer 2007 | Essays

He is taking me on a tour of Juárez, but we won’t be visiting any museums or historic sights. We are going to tour the City of Death—Juárez’s slums, or colonias.

Life on the Line: The Arizona-Mexico Border

Spring 2007 | Essays

Eduardo saw Jesus coming with His holy light. It was winter, and for days, lost in a strange land, Eduardo had been wandering through mountains with nothing to eat and nothing to drink except what he could scoop from puddles of melted snow.