Ron Kovic yearned to be an American hero, and couldn't wait to enlist in the Marines and be shipped off to Vietnam. He returned, not as a hero, but in a wheelchair, with strong reservations about the conduct of the war. This is his story, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise.
Ron Kovic was a natural athlete, a shy teenager who dreamed of girls and loved baseball, God, John Wayne, John F. Kennedy, and above all his country. He was a boy who yearned to be an American hero, and who couldn't wait to enlist in the Marines and be shipped off to Vietnam to fight. But Kovic did not come marching back a hero; he came back in a wheelchair, a man with strong reservations about the conduct of the war, and a growing determination to voice those reservations. This is a reissue of his account, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise, of innocence lost and courage found.
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