Journalist, author, and screenwriter, Philip Caputo was born June 10, 1941 in Chicago and graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in 1964. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times; he is a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. His best-selling first book, Rumour of War (1977), is his memoir of Vietnam, recounting his 1964-1967 tour as a Marine Corps lieutenant. His other books include Horn of Africa (1980), Indian Country (1987), and Equation for Evil (1996). When he returned home from Vietnam, Caputo worked for the Chicago Tribune, first as a local reporter and then as a foreign correspondent. In 1972 he and Hugh Jones received a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of election fraud in the primaries. In 1987, a division of Paramount Pictures hired him as a screenwriter.