Inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. The way that Kovic writes this book makes it even more incredible. Ron Kovic lived through a tumultuous time in our history. His first arrest was during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration at an Orange County, California draft board in the spring of when he refused to leave the office of the draft board explaining to a representative that, by sending young men to Vietnam, they were inadvertently "condemning them to their death," or to be wounded and maimed like himself in a war that he had come to believe was, "immoral and made no sense.
When Ron, who was played by Tom Cruise, was searching the village, I felt pain and panic. I felt that yes, we should get the people who did this to justice but I felt at the same time we're fighting a war that really accomplished nothing at all.
Some rebelled and some like Kovic remained patriotic and went to war voluntarily. Towards the end of the book he describes what happened to him in Vietnam, how each new mission was supposed to make up for the last one that had gone extremely wrong.
Marine Ron Kovic was fighting near My Loc, Republic of Vietnam, when an enemy bullet paralyzed him from the chest down. The great strength of this book is that the author never minces words. I have been given the opportunity to move through that dark night of the soul to a new shore, to gain an understanding, a knowledge, and entirely different vision.
Kovic said he remembers Molina, but remains steadfast about his own account of what happened, including that a black Marine — not Molina — carried him to safety that day in A film adaptation earned Kovic a Golden Globe for scriptwriting.
Molina recalls that his fellow Marines fought bravely and that he rescued Kovic.
For decades, he never knew whether anyone in his group had survived. He was at the forefront of the drive for change in a system so broken that winning the fight for any sort of change at all must have seemed a monumental challenge.
He has never married although he did have a relationship with Connie Panzarino author of The Me in the Mirror. Seems so long ago that Vietnam was raging and soldiers were coming home in pieces, in boxes, and the reasons and ends for the war were not in sight. He attended his first peace demonstration soon after the Kent State shootings in Mayand gave his first speech against the war at Levittown Memorial High School in LevittownLong IslandNew York that same spring.Ron Kovic's book is still relevant today Ron Kovic's book is as relevant today as it was when it was first published in following the Vietnam War as we've all seen our Veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar experiences as Kovic's.
Born on the Fourth of July is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it especially for the narrow-minded war hawk. Yet, after reading it, you will walk away with a new appreciation for the love of America, and with the hope that if Ron Kovic can survive, so can anyone/5().
Born on the fourth of July, written by Ron Kovic is an American classic.
The story takes place during the Vietnam war after the paralysis of Ron Kovic. This book is narrated through the eyes of Ron/5(). Along with Oliver Stone, Kovic was the coscreenwriter of the Academy Award-winning film based More about Ron Kovic Bestselling Books: Born on the Fourth of July: 40th Anniversary Edition, Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic (1-Jun) Paperback, Hurricane Street.
Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic “A great, courageous fellow, a man of deep moral convictions and an uncompromising disposition.”—John Kerry on Ron Kovic “As relevant as ever, this book /5(14).
Kovic’s new book, Hurricane Street, chronicles the s activism of the American Veterans Movement.” — Newsday “In JanuaryU.S. Marine Ron Kovic was fighting near My Loc, Republic of Vietnam, when an enemy bullet paralyzed him from the chest down.Download