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This New York Times best seller (more than one million copies sold) details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film version) - from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair.
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By Susie on 07-14-16
Read it and rejoice, read it and weep—Springsteen
This is the gold standard Viet Nam memoir that brought the troop's perspective to the forefront of the anti-war movement. Ron Kovic's immersive narration "wrote with intensity and feeling as if it was my last will and testament" still hits a nerve. He wanted to write "what it really meant to be in a war, to be shot at. Not the fantasy" and boy did he.
Nothing has ever brought me into the moment quite like this classic. The Audible edition is exceptional because of Holter Graham's urgent, painful and transforming performance. Each voice is lived, from the screams in the military hospital, to the righteous indignation of Kovic. It's devastating listening to the channelled voices of wounded men begging for their mothers.
The introduction to this new edition reminds us, the military sh-- show is not over, and the lessons of history have been deliberately ignored. It's imperative that we take time to weigh the experience of both the men and women sent into battle and the civilians stuck in the way. What is the price? Who benefits?
Kovic continues to inspire despite unabating war, he finds faith, hope, and love in a commitment to nonviolence, and shows a path from despair.
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By Mark on 12-29-16
Powerful war memoir
This is a short and powerful memoir by Ron Kovic, a man who was paralyzed while fighting as a Marine in Vietnam. He eventually becomes a well known war protester. In this book, he tells about his youth, his Marine training, his time in Vietnam, and his postwar experience, when he turns his anger into war protest. The narrator is really good, making this book even engaging. The trauma can be hard to take at times, but I think it is an important book and worth listening to.
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