Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence John Hockenberry was a carefree college kid when he lost the use of his legs in a car accident. Overnight, his status changed from privileged,… Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence John Hockenberry was a carefree college kid when he lost the use of his legs in a car accident. Overnight, his status changed from privileged,… Memoir Pop Culture Hyperion
Book Review

Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence (1995)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Writer: John Hockenberry; Genres: Memoir, Pop Culture; Publisher: Hyperion

John Hockenberry was a carefree college kid when he lost the use of his legs in a car accident. Overnight, his status changed from privileged, white suburban male to member of a vulnerable minority: paraplegic. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, his lively, provocative memoir, charts his rise from Oregon cub reporter to National Public Radio correspondent. It's the classic American success story, minus the self-congratulation. Life's losers — Vietnam vets in cheap, government-issue wheelchairs, Gaza Strip refugees, his own severely retarded uncle — inspire Hockenberry's gritty, original reporting. He makes our obsession with getting ahead, self-reliance, and the illusion of normalcy look foolish and out of date. A

Originally posted Aug 04, 1995 Published in issue #286 Aug 04, 1995 Order article reprints
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