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After his European travels ended, Caputo returned home to work as an assistant sales promotion manager for the National Advertising Corporation, where he found himself living the drab routine life he had joined the marines to escape. In due course he found more meaningful employment working for the Chicago Tribune. Initially sent to acquire some much-needed experience at the Trib, a branch of the Tribune that covered suburban news, Caputo quickly proved his natural ability as a journalist and gained recognition for his coverage of mob activities in the area.

The nervousness had left me the moment I got into the helicopter, and I felt happier than I ever had” (p. 81). His happiness would soon be tempered by the reality of warfare in Vietnam. Coping with the intense heat, the impenetrable jungle, and the stress of combat left him exhausted, bewildered, and numb. As the fall of 1965 progressed, the war became “a war of attrition” (p. 217), and Caputo was writing seventy-five to eighty casualty reports a week. The grind of recording the violence, his continued guilt over his position, his fear of going insane, and a burning desire to get revenge on the Vietcong for killing his friends drove Caputo in November 1965 to request a transfer to a line company.

Lands, Wild Waters, and a Few Untamed People (2002). This collection brings together essays, published in a variety of journals and magazines, written about his travels and experiences around the globe. These essays see “the hand of God in mountains, forests, wild rivers” and mourn the destruction of the environment. Caputo says, “Our society would be less troubled if there were more of those and less of shopping malls, sterile subdivisions, and all the detritus of a consumerdriven culture” (p.

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