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

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A veteran NPR commentator and popular correspondent on ABC-TV's Day One news program relates his experiences of danger and discrimination during to his world travels and confinement to a wheelchair.

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A two-time Peabody Award winner, John Hockenberry spent more than a decade with National Public Radio as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent, and program host. He is now a correspondent for ABC's news magazine show Day One, for which he received an Emmy. He lives in New York City.

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Whether he was covering the tragically violent conflict in the Middle East or hosting his engaging arts program, Heat, Hockenberry was a strong presence on National Public Radio. The fact that he is a paraplegic has made his accomplishments all the more remarkable. What courage he had to travel to war-torn Beirut in a wheelchair: how did he manage? Hockenberry answers this question and many more less obvious ones in his searing, brilliantly told memoir, a riveting and unforgettable account of his struggle to be free within the confines of paralysis. At age 19, Hockenberry survived a car crash that severed his spinal cord. Not only did he have to acquire new physical skills, he also had to recast his orientation to the human race. As he relates one blunt, eye-popping anecdote after another--some hilarious, others full of fury--Hockenberry unmasks the fear and ignorance underlying discrimination against the disabled and explains how his disability became an impetus for achievement. Clearly, his aggressively intelligent and determined approach to this potentially overwhelming experience made Hockenberry, currently on ABC-TV's Day One newsmagazine, a superb reporter and political analyst. He is also a masterly writer. Donna Seaman

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