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Born on the Fourth of July: 40th Anniversary Edition

by Ron Kovic Bruce Springsteen

"Classic and timeless."--New York Times"Forty years ago the Vietnam vet from Massapequa--wounded in combat and in a wheelchair ever since--published his classic war memoir, later made into a film with Tom Cruise. The anniversary edition features a foreword by Bruce Springsteen. Kovic's new book, Hurricane Street, chronicles the 1970s activism of the American Veterans Movement."--Newsday"Ron Kovic is one of the premier voices of a generation. The large irony of his birthday provides the background for a journey which begins with the unquestioning service in Vietnam, his terrible wounding with all the anger and bitterness that follows, and ends with his passionate discovery of a large and all-too-human heart."--Larry Heinemann, author of Paco's Story"There is no book more relevant in the twenty-first century to healing the wound of Vietnam, which continues to bring so much pain to our country. . . . It remains to Kovic to remind us that history matters, and that the cost of our high follies persists."--Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig"Ron Kovic's terrible tragedy is America's."--Los Angeles Times"Ron Kovic has returned from the dead and given us an honest, unrefined account of his struggle."--Washington Post"This New York Times bestseller 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."--Off the Shelf, Included in 11 Powerful Books That Explore the Legacy of the Vietnam WarWith a new foreword by Bruce Springsteen.This New York Times best seller (more than one million copies sold), presented here in a special fortieth-anniversary edition with a brand-new foreword by Bruce Springsteen, details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film)--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.

Someplace Like America

by Dale Maharidge Michael S. Williamson Bruce Springsteen

In Someplace Like America, writer Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael S. Williamson take us to the working-class heart of America, bringing to life--through shoe leather reporting, memoir, vivid stories, stunning photographs, and thoughtful analysis--the deepening crises of poverty and homelessness. The story begins in 1980, when the authors joined forces to cover the America being ignored by the mainstream media--people living on the margins and losing their jobs as a result of deindustrialization. Since then, Maharidge and Williamson have traveled more than half a million miles to investigate the state of the working class (winning a Pulitzer Prize in the process). In Someplace Like America, they follow the lives of several families over the thirty-year span to present an intimate and devastating portrait of workers going jobless. This brilliant and essential study--begun in the trickle-down Reagan years and culminating with the recent banking catastrophe--puts a human face on today's grim economic numbers. It also illuminates the courage and resolve with which the next generation faces the future.

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