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Vroman's Live - David Davis, with Ron Kovic, discusses Wheels of Courage


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Vroman's Live presents David Davis with Ron Kovic on Friday September 25 at 6pm

This virtual event will take place live on Crowdcast! Register ahead of time to save your spot and get an email reminder.

EVENT LINK: www.crowdcast.io/e/8ip8wxop

Wheels of Courage reveals the inspiring story of the world's first wheelchair athletes: U.S. soldiers, sailors, and Marines who were paralyzed on the battlefield during World War II. They organized the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within V.A. hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. This book follows the lives of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery, and their role in creating wheelchair basketball.

These men changed the narrative of disability, from one of pity to a new story of hope and endless potential. Their doctors changed the way the medical community looked at and treated disabled patients by treating the whole patient instead of just trying to make people as comfortable as possible in hopeless situations. And laws started changing to make the world more accessible to the disabled -- things we take for granted today, like sidewalk ramps.

For the disabled, for sports fans, for veterans, for history buffs -- this is a narrative of hope, perseverance, and acceptance. (Center Street)

David Davis is the author and/or editor of six books, including Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku (Univ. of Nebraska Press); Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze (St. Martin's); and Play By Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography: 1889-1989 (Angel City Press). He began his career as a journalist with the LA Weekly newspaper and his work has appeared in Sports IllustratedSmithsonian MagazineThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, SB Nation, Deadspin, and Vice, among others, and has been anthologized in "The Best American Sports Writing" series.

Ron Kovic served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He was paralyzed from his chest down in combat in 1968 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. Along with Oliver Stone, Kovic was the coscreenwriter of the 1989 Academy Award–winning film based on Kovic’s best-selling memoir Born on the Fourth of July (starring Tom Cruise as Kovic). Hurricane Street is his latest work.

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Friday, September 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Wheels of Courage: How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights, and Inspired a Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781546084648
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Center Street - August 25th, 2020

Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496206008
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - May 1st, 2018

Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography, 1889-1989: From the Photography Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781883318505
Availability: Not Available
Published: Angel City Press - November 1st, 2004

Hurricane Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617754494
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Akashic Books - July 4th, 2016