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Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence

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Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
68257
publisher:
Hyperion
genre:
Memoir, Pop Culture

We gave it an A

John Hockenberry was a carefree college kid when he lost the use of his legs in a car accident. Overnight, his status changed from privileged, white suburban male to member of a vulnerable minority: paraplegic. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, his lively, provocative memoir, charts his rise from Oregon cub reporter to National Public Radio correspondent. It’s the classic American success story, minus the self-congratulation. Life’s losers — Vietnam vets in cheap, government-issue wheelchairs, Gaza Strip refugees, his own severely retarded uncle — inspire Hockenberry’s gritty, original reporting. He makes our obsession with getting ahead, self-reliance, and the illusion of normalcy look foolish and out of date. A

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