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Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence Paperback – June 27, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
ABC correspondent Hockenberry, who was left a paraplegic after a 1976 car accident, writes of living life from a wheelchair.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The former National Public Radio correspondent, currently seen on ABC's Day One, explains what it's like to report from such embattled outposts as Jerusalem, Baghdad, and New York City in a wheelchair.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Especially interesting and telling is John's observation and description of how different cultures relate to disability. The Iranians, Palestinians and Israelis are fascinatingly unique in their attitudes and behavior, and all much more accepting than smug, complacent Americans. From my own experiences, I must add Mexicans to that group of more-accepting and understanding people.
John's editors missed on little error about Iran: Tehran's big cemetery is not called "Beheshed al Zahra"; it is "behesht-e-zahra" (بهشت زهرا).
My only semi-critical comment is that John is pretty selfish in his quests, and he could never have gone on this without causing worry and concern to his family (it's a good thing he does not have children!) John is also extremely lucky he never broke any bones during his travels; the leg bones of us paraplegics become very fragile after years of stasis, and are easily fractured. How he fell off of that mule without breaking a leg is astonishing. Personally, I have had 5 fractures of femur, tibia and fibula bones over the years (femur fractures are most troublesome, and often can't be tended to with splints or casts, sometimes resulting in chronically unhealed ["open"] breaks).
These criticisms in no way detract from the overall, tremendous impact of John's wonderful narration. It will make you think about your own life.
Hockenberry's got a great story to tell, and he tells it very well. He is matter-of-fact and even blunt in his approach, discoursing upon the realities of wheelchair life that most non-paralyzed folks never even think to wonder about.
But the nuts and bolts of his story never obscure the larger themes. Here is a man whose life was transformed in an instant, who decided that he was just going to live the rest of that life by finding ways to do what he wanted to do. It is a story of great determination, creativity, good humor, and profound intelligence. Anyone who reads this book will be moved, amused, educated, and permanently affected by it. I recommend it very highly.
You will laugh, cry and be amazed by John's moxy and his vibrant, in-your-face-sometimes HUMANITY.
During the events recorded here - and ever-after - JH becamse and remains an inspiration and a very powerful voice for the disabled and differently-abled communities.
There's no one you would rather have on your side.