Winston Groom - Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

by Winston Groom

Published: 1986

Six foot six, 242 pounds, and possessed of a scant IQ of 70, Forrest Gump is the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this classic comic tale.

His early life may seem inauspicious, but when the University of Alabama’s football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, it sets him on an unbelievable path that will transform him from Vietnam hero to world-class Ping-Pong player, from wrestler to entrepreneur.

With a voice all his own, Forrest is telling all in a madcap romp through three decades of American history.

Groom's novel reportedly sold around 30,000 copies before a movie version featuring Tom Hanks turned the book into a best-seller. It eventually went on to sell more than 1.7 million copies.

While Forrest Gump is Groom's best-known work, he is also a notable historian whose 1984 book Conversations with the Enemy was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the general non-fiction category.

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