Learn about the life of Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic, who was portrayed by Tom Cruise in Born the Fourth of July, on Ron Kovic in ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. He can be seen in the parade at the beginning of the film, playing the. Mrs. Kovic: [enters the room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you’re doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It’s God’s will that you go, and I’m proud of .

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Dec 24, Richard rated it it was ok. You can see the comparison with drill camp and the onn coach. We take that leg of yours, and we can get you out of here in two weeks! Through the book he goes through life changing events in the marines and his childhood as he talks about the sports he played to being in Vietnam. That’s something that those goddamn pansy demonstrators ain’t never gonna understand!

May 23, Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: This is a book about the true horror of a soldier being maimed for life, and dealing with the adversity he encounters along the way, during and after the war.

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Don’t you know what it means to me to be a Marine, Dad? You could start out as a cashier He is best known as the author thee his memoir Born on the Fourth of Julywhich was made into the Academy Award —winning film directed by Oliver Stone. Can’t you understand that? He explains everything he went through in such great detail. Maybe I should have been. Biography fourtu United States Marine Corps portal. Anyone who thinks only peaceniks abused vets when they came home from the war can disabuse themselves of that notion with this book.


When he grew he joined the wrestling team and constantly won first place in competition. Otherwise, Oliver Stone ought to be ashamed of himself.

Thou shalt not kill women and children! Retrieved September 1, — via Google Books. I fourtu to read the author grappling with the decision to join the anti-war movement. Kovic planned to co-lead with Galloway a humanitarian relief convoy to the Gaza Strip in early July July Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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Whereas the first third was almost entirely devoted to depicting the life changing trauma Ron endured directly after sustaining his wound, the second third explores the emotional turmoil he suffers in the months and years afterward. No time for anything except trying to stay alive, so you got to try and stay alive, okay? He tells the story of his childhood wanting to be the best at everything he does always striving for perfection, this strive of perfection and to become better pushes him to join the marines.

I want my leg. On Sunday, August 24,the day before the convention began, Kovic spoke, then led thousands in a march against the war which ended with him saying, “In the city of Denver, we got welcomed home. John Hughes movie queen Molly Ringwald was nearly cast, but declined due to a scheduling conflict. This book is narrated through the eyes of Ron.


They told us to go. They burned the flag and they demonstrated against us; it’s on the cover of the paper today.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. His opinions on the war and honor completely reverse as the story progresses.

People are dying every day over there, and nobody back here even seems to care. Product details Mass Market Paperback: I want my leg! What an excellent book about one man’s experience with the Vietnam War and his subsequent turn to anti-war protester. His disillusionment and anger is understandable and his protests against the Nixon administration was inspiring. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Aug 11, Christine rated it liked it.