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Book Title: Path to Freedom: My Story of Perseverance|
The author of the book: Conrad Taylor
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 422 KB
Date of issue: April 21st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781617925047
Read full description of the books Path to Freedom: My Story of Perseverance:“Conrad- I finished reading your manuscript, it was riveting! I think it should be made into a movie. You provided me with an enlightening look into a country I knew very little about, and into a fellow West Pointer who, after reading his work, I feel I could call a friend and a compatriot.” - Kevin Mckeown, West Point Class of 1977
Little about Conrad Taylor’s primitive upbringing, in a remote mining town carved into the upper reaches of the Amazon jungle, prepared him for a first-of-a-kind scholarship to the United States Military Academy. Merely an extraordinary opportunity for most Americans, it was a life-changer for him. Culture shock hardened the ensuing West Point Experience. Third World politics tested it - severely.
“Path to Freedom” is an inspirational memoir. It charts a sometimes-humorous journey of perseverance, resilience, hope, survival, and love, as its author traverses between Guyana and the highly-regimented United States Military Academy – at the height of the Vietnam War. It has a simple proposition - fly-or-die. The narrative sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point.
The book describes what happened upon the author’s return in 1973 to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its leaders obsessed about him being in cahoots with the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not – or else!
Taylor’s journey forged a unique prism through which aficionados of true stories could get a peek at the cultural trauma of emigration, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view will be nostalgic for some, shocking for many, and enlightening for others.
Like Chris Gardner’s “Pursuit of Happyness,” which is the basis of a blockbuster film starring Will Smith, “Path to Freedom” has cinematic potential. Its backdrop, which is an underdeveloped Amazonian region of South America and the wind-swept plains of West Point, will enchant - at the very least. Its subtly-threaded love story sets it apart.
More than a memoir, the book’s travelogue element - exotic ecology, culture, politics, history, and geography - is captivating. The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction arc of the historically-accurate “Path to Freedom” and its unsophisticated, naive foreigner-at-West Point aspect is riveting.
“Path to Freedom” reads like a novel.
Read information about the authorConrad Taylor is a multiple-award-winning author, West Point graduate, former Guyana Defence Force officer, and expert advisor to upper management executives. His military memoir, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, has won in international competition with traditionally and independently published authors. The paperback edition is on display at the Anacostia Museum Library of The Smithsonian Institute as a reference on the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.
Among Conrad's awards is an "Honorable Mention" in the Non-Fiction Military category of the Readers' Favorite 2014 International Book Awards Contest. The citation is pictured below.
In addition to winning the Honorable Mention, Conrad has also won a:
- Readers' Favorite 5-Star Seal
- B.R.A.G. MedallionTM Honoree Seal
- Royal Palm Literary Award Silver Seal
Conrad grew up in Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America. He holds a Bachelor's in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master's in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and an Executive Program Certification from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is an avid soccer fan, played for ARMY in three NCAA playoffs, and assisted in coaching four youth teams to Illinois State Soccer Championships. All systems worked well in those days.
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