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Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

By Ron Kovic

“A nice, brave fellow, a guy of deep ethical convictions and an uncompromising disposition.”—John Kerry on Ron Kovic

“As proper as ever, this publication is an schooling. Ron is a real American, and his nice middle and hard-won knowledge shine via those pages.” —Oliver Stone, filmmaker

Born at the Fourth of July brings again the period of the Vietnam battle at a time while the institution is making an attempt to make the state put out of your mind what they name the “Vietnam syndrome.” Ron Kovic’s memoir is written with poetic ardour and grips your recognition from the first actual web page to the final. it's a vintage of antiwar literature and that i desire it will likely be learn by way of huge numbers of kids, who may be either sobered and encouraged via his tale. —Howard Zinn

“If you must comprehend the eternal reverberations of our battle in Vietnam and the way it affects our present occasions, you need to learn this book.” —LARRY HEINEMANN

“There is not any ebook extra proper within the twenty first century to therapeutic the wound of Vietnam, which maintains to carry loads discomfort to our state, as mirrored within the final presidential election . . . It is still to Kovic to remind us that heritage concerns, and that the price of our excessive follies persists.” —ROBERT SCHEER, Los Angeles Times columnist

This New York Times bestseller (more than a million copies offered) information the author's lifestyles tale (portrayed by way of Tom Cruise within the Oliver Stone movie version)--from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his serious battlefield harm, to his position because the country's so much outspoken anti-Vietnam battle suggest, spreading his message from his wheelchair.

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American colonists, who accompanied the British as members of local militias, were also armed with the Brown Bess or other smooth-bore muskets that were “accurate” for only eighty yards or less. Toward the end of the conflict, the British formed the 60th Royal Americans as sharpshooters equipped with Pennsylvania long rifles. There is no record, however, that those marksmen had any influence on the war’s final battles, perhaps because British commanders saw little use for weapons that could not mount bayonets.

That battle epitomizes the centuries-old tactic of using massed formations, in which overall strength is more important than individual accuracy. The only weapons capable of reaching a range farther than arm’s length—arrows, thrown spears, rocks from slings, and rudimentary catapults—were usually employed in mass volleys rather than single aimed shots. There were exceptions. An early example of a single soldier’s overwhelming a larger, stronger opponent appears in the Bible’s Old Testament. ), Goliath, a Philistine giant standing more than nine feet tall and protected by a brass helmet, chain mail, and an iron shield, challenged the Israelites to produce a champion to meet him on the plain between the two armies in individual combat.

We did do some day shooting. One afternoon six of us set up on a rise to observe an open area about 400 meters across a river. About two in the afternoon we saw a soldier carrying a rifle and a pack step out into the clearing. In a few minutes a couple more joined him. Soon I had counted 110 fully armed NVA. I called in artillery, and when it was in the air, me and the other sniper squeezed off a few rounds. We knocked down four before the artillery shells began to impact. We then called in an air strike.

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