Listen to Bruce Springsteen read his new foreword for the 40th anniversary edition of Ron Kovic's "Born on the Fourth of July," and hear the first chapter of the classic memoir.
"I never did a movie because it was good for my career," the director tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in a hard-hitting conversation about filmmaking, America's military exploits, Russia and other topics. (Transcript added.)
The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about his latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcast the discussion live on Facebook.
The week that included the country's birthday brought to Truthdig's comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.
Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.
"What are you going to do, send troops to Syria? What’s going to be the result of that?" asks the Vietnam War veteran and activist.
Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with the Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist about what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.
The "Born on the Fourth of July" author, being interviewed by Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer at the veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif., notes that any TV pundit who calls for war is "not the one who's going to get hit by a bullet."