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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.

Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen

"Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." --Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "The Rising," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen

"Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this." --Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to RunIn 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "The Rising," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Born to Run (edición en lengua española): Memorias

by Bruce Springsteen

Las memorias de Bruce Springsteen. «Escribir sobre uno mismo es algo muy curioso. [...]. Pero en un proyecto como este el escritor hace una promesa: mostrarle su mente al lector. Y eso es lo que he intentado hacer en estas páginas.»Bruce Springsteen, extracto de Born to Run En 2009, Bruce Springsteen y la E Street Band actuaron durante el intermedio de la Super Bowl. La experiencia fue tan maravillosa que Bruce se propuso escribir sobre ello. Así comenzó esta extraordinaria autobiografía. Durante los últimos siete años, Bruce Springsteen se ha dedicado a escribir en privado la historia de su vida, dotando a estas páginas de la misma honestidad, humor y originalidad que encontramos en sus canciones. Describe sus primeros años como chaval católico en Freehold, Nueva Jersey, en un ambiente donde la poesía, el peligro y la oscuridad alimentaban su imaginación, hasta que llega el momento que él denomina «el Big Bang»: cuando vio en televisión el debut de Elvis Presley en The Ed Sullivan Show. Nos cuenta vívidamente su incansable voluntad de convertirse en músico, sus primeros tiempos como rey de las bandas de bar en Asbury Park, y el ascenso de la E Street Band. Con un candor desarmante, cuenta también por vez primera las angustias personales que inspiraron sus mejores obras, y explica porqué la canción «Born to Run» revela mucho más de lo que pensábamos. Born to Run será una revelación para cualquiera que en algún momento haya disfrutado de Bruce Springsteen, pero estas páginas son mucho más que las memorias de una legendaria estrella de rock. Es un libro para trabajadores y soñadores, padres e hijos, amantes y solitarios, artistas, friquis, o para cualquiera que alguna vez haya anhelado ser bautizado en el sagrado río del rock'n'roll. Rara vez un intérprete ha contado su propia historia con tanta amplitud y fuerza. Como muchas de sus canciones («Thunder Road», «Badlands», «Darkness on the Edge of Town», «TheRiver», «Born in the USA», «The Rising» o «The Ghost of Tom Joad», por citar solo algunas), la autobiografía de Bruce Springsteen ha sido escrita con el lirismo de un autor de canciones único y con la sabiduría de un hombre que ha reflexionado hondamente sobre sus experiencias.

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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