From time to time God causes men to be born - and thou art one of them - who have the lust to go abroad at the risk of their lives and discover news ... These souls are very few; not more than ten are of the best.
Rudyard Kipling Kim
For my mother and father
He was composing a shot of O'Brien casting into the pool below the falls when he heard, above the water's rush and his, a sound like nothing he had ever heard before.
Macafferty told him and Bolton saw in the oyster-colored eyes the same expression he's seen in the eyes of some prostitutes: the twinkle of a cynicism so deep it was delightful in itself.
Nicholas DelCorso was one of the modern warfare's camp followers: a news photographer paid to record the horrors of war. A man obsessed, addicted to the action, driven again and again onto danger's razor edge to get an 8x10 glossy of all that was best and worst in man.
In Vietnam, as Saigon fell -then in Lebanon, a land running mad with blood and violence - DelCorso joined the rest of the press elite ... to get drunk, find a woman, dream of home, and wage war against war with a camera - trying not to think about the consequences ... knowing too well that sometimes the consequence was death.
A classic novel of Vietnam and its aftermath from Philip Caputo, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir A Rumor of War is widely considered among the best ever written about the experience of war.
At thirty-three, Nick DelCorso is an award-winning war photographer who has seen action and dodged bullets all over the world–most notably in Vietnam, where he served as an Army photographer and recorded combat scenes whose horrors have not yet faded in his memory. When he is called back to Vietnam on assignment during a North Vietnamese attempt to take Saigon, he is faced with a defining choice: should he honor the commitment he has made to his wife not to place himself in any more danger for the sake of his career, or follow his ambition back to the war-torn land that still haunts his dreams? What follows is a riveting story of war on two fronts, Saigon and Beirut, that will test DelCorso’s faith not only in himself, but in the nobler instincts of men.
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