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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic. Ron is a true American, and his great heart and hard-won wisdom shine through these pages. It is a classic of antiwar literature and I hope it will be read by large numbers of young people, who will be both sobered and inspired by his story.

It remains to Kovic to remind us that history matters, and that the cost of our high follies persists.

Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Akashic Books first published To see what your friends thought fougth this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Born on the Fourth of Julyplease sign up. He was America’s Son, wrapped in an American flag at birth, indoctrinated.

See 1 question about Born on the Fourth of July…. Lists with This Book. Jan 13, Lyn rated it liked it. This was a difficult, almost painful book to read. Ron Kovic was a United States Marine who did two tours oof duty in Vietnam and then was tragically wounded, becoming paralyzed from the chest down for the rest of his life.

Kovic delivers a powerful message about war and our government. Kovic was also born on thhe fourth of July and grew up living the s American dream with baseball and astronau This was a difficult, almost painful book to read. Kovic was also born on the fourth of July and grew up living the s American dream with baseball and astronauts.

His disillusionment and anger is understandable and his protests against the Nixon administration was inspiring. View all 7 comments. I knew Ron Kovic personally. He used to frequent the restaurant I worked at so much so that there was a dish on the menu named after him.

Every dish on the menu was named after an author. Ron liked to have a steak with cottage cheese and fruit, so that was his dish. He would come to the restaurant and say to me, “I’ll have me. He gave me the copy of his book, autographed, with his calling card tucked into it, which I still have.

Ron Kovic’s Born On The Fourth Of July: Summary & Analysis

It’s a great book, as I knew Ron Kovic personally. It’s a great book, as well as a personal treasure of mine. The book looks short and reads fast. This true-life expose starts with some splendid impressions of being wounded and confused on the battlefield in Vietnam. Am reading with intense interest OK, getting close to the halfway point now and this book og quite sensational, really. From the confusion and hell of war it segues into the hellishness of immobility, impotence, dependence, loneliness in the VA hospital then to an intensely familiar and sweetly nostalgic section of reminiscences about growing up in the paradise of suburbia USA in the s a period during which the pervasive nationalistic propaganda seeped into Kovic from seemingly every source and on to the marine recruiting office in and off to the mercilessness of boot camp.


gorn The parts in which Kovic fights zits and shyness with girls and seeks relief from his sexual urges and builds himself athletically are heartfelt and vivid.

This is a beautiful memoir. Simply stated fojrth perfectly so. OK, just finished and am kind of speechless; tears running down my face.

Such a sad story about a guy who grew up believing in doing the right thing by his country, an All-American boy, and realizing, too late, the betrayal that leads generation after generation into pointless sacrifice.

Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

He sacrificed his dick for his country. That’s one way he puts it. The book is perfectly structured; stirring in its emotion, logical in its argument. There’s a lot I can say, but will leave it there. It’s almost like making a long speech at a graveyard, words become petty. This is one of my favorites, I think. Dec 18, awesomatik. Juli ist Geboren am 4. Juli ist ein Aufschrei. Es ist die Wutschrift eines jungen Mannes, dessen Leben gerade erst beginnen sollte. Der Aktivismus gibt seinem Leben einen neuen Sinn.

Fazit — Wut und Frieden Geboren am 4. Eine brennend emotionale Schrift, die aufzeigt, dass Pazifisten die wahren Helden und Patrioten sind. Brutal-ehrlich und leidenschaftlich geschrieben. Die Seiten fliegen rasend schnell vorbei, doch die Botschaft hallt nach. Aug 07, Daniel rated it liked it Recommends it for: I wanted to learn how the movement enticed him, when he had his epiphany, and how he reacted to the rest of the anti-war movement.

I wanted to read the author grappling with the decision to join the anti-war movement.

Unfortunately, the epiphany lasts only a rpn of pages, and the conversion from skeptical injured veteran to strident anti-war activist is pretty sudden. Only one seven page chapter is devoted to his “conversion. Kovic’s book is authentic, written by a real paralyzed veteran, and Kovic’s anti-war barnstorming is interesting to me as an anti-war civilian. But everything good about this book can be gleaned from the book “Johnny Got His Gun. May 04, Chris Stephan rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. This book gives us his life story about his hardships and his good times throughout his life, especially when he came home. But, Ron being in the war drives the plot.


If he wasn’t in the war he would’t have brought enlightenment in so many people. His purpose in writing this book was to explain to Am Jhly on the fourth of July, written by Ron Kovic is an American classic. His purpose in writing this book was to explain to Americans why they should be thankful for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of others.

This true story brings people together reminding people, how thankful we are for our soldiers, fighting for their country day in and day out. In my opinion, I enjoyed the book for what it is. It made me understand the sacrifice, thousands of people go through everyday. I would read more from Ron because I enjoy reading about courage and sacrifice. I highly encourage others to read this book, because everybody needs to understand the true meaning of sacrifice.

Apr 08, Allan rated it really liked it Shelves: Rron extremely powerful and effective anti war book. I’ve read a few of these over the years, but the first two chapters, particularly the account of life in a veterans’ hospital, was without doubt the most harrowing that I’ve ever experienced. Not an easy read, but definitely worthwhile.

May 12, Patrick rated it really liked it. Boen on the Fourth of July should be required reading for seniors in high school. It is more effective than Johnny Got His Gun. This book shows the side of military service hidden by the politians and gunho military which is crippling and deadly.

The cost of war is not just monetary but mentally and physically injurious to our rron men and women. Apr 03, Elise Skidmore rated it it was amazing.

I happened to listen to this book on audio and would add that the narrator does a fantastic job and brought the story to life in a way I’m not sure just reading words off the page would’ve done.

Jun 05, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: I must admit I saw the movie before reading the book. The book is very well written.

Kovic switches narrative from first person to third person rather effectively in telling the story of his life. It is a powerful and thought provoking memoir. May 07, Graydon rated it really liked it.

Og book is far different from most anti-war novels of the era. Where most focused on the life of the GI in Vietnam or the counterculture at home, this book explores both through the eyes of a crippled fo to the war.