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About the author


Award-winning Author, Conrad Taylor, is a West Point, MIT Sloan, and Emory University graduate. His coming-of-age memoir, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, is on display at The Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum Library. The renowned Institute selected the book as a reference on the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.

Taylor grew up in a remote mining town in the upper reaches of the Amazon rainforests in Guyana, South America. His was an ordinary upbringing, until the extraordinary happened. Conrad won a coveted scholarship to the United States Military Academy in 1969. He attended the highly-regimented institution during an impactful period in history. The Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the 60s counterculture upheavals, for example, comprise the backdrop to life-changing experiences. His journey of rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point - thrust the newly-minted military officer on a collision course with a paranoid dictatorship. He barely escaped its grasp.

Conrad, a retired business executive, played for ARMY West Point in three NCAA soccer playoffs. He helped coach four youth teams to Illinois State Soccer Championships. Conrad Taylor is an avid soccer fan.

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Path to Freedom
My Story of Perseverance
by Conrad Taylor

Overview


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you.

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" charts a sometimes-humorous, fly-or-die journey of resilience, hope, survival, and love, as Conrad Taylor traverses between a vibrant mining community deep in the impenetrable tropical rain forests of Guyana, South America and the wind-swept plains of the highly-regimented United States Military Academy - at the height of the Vietnam War. The Smithsonian Institute displays the inspiring memoir in its Anacostia Museum Library.

The coming-of-age story sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point. It offers a ringside seat to the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics.

The book describes what happened upon Conrad Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its leaders obsessed about Conrad being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not – or else!

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Description


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you. Little about Conrad Taylor's upbringing in a remote mining town in Guyana, South America, prepared him for West Point - at the height of the Vietnam War. An extraordinary opportunity for most, the highly-regimented United States Military Academy was a life-changer for him. Enduring culture shock and surviving rude awakenings hardened the rigorous West Point Experience. And, Third World politics after West Point - because of West Point - tested it severely. The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction memoir has a simple proposition. Fly-or-die!

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" describes what happened upon Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its power-hungry leaders obsessed about him being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not - or else!

The historically-accurate, coming-of-age book provides a unique prism through which to see the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view will be nostalgic for some, shocking to many, and enlightening for others. Its subtly-threaded love story will enchant - at the very least.

The Smithsonian Institute displays PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance in its Anacostia Museum Library. The world's premier archive selected the inspiring memoir as a source of insights about the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.

Read more

Overview


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you.

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" charts a sometimes-humorous, fly-or-die journey of resilience, hope, survival, and love, as Conrad Taylor traverses between a vibrant mining community deep in the impenetrable tropical rain forests of Guyana, South America and the wind-swept plains of the highly-regimented United States Military Academy - at the height of the Vietnam War. The Smithsonian Institute displays the inspiring memoir in its Anacostia Museum Library.

The coming-of-age story sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point. It offers a ringside seat to the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics.

The book describes what happened upon Conrad Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its leaders obsessed about Conrad being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not – or else!

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Description


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you. Little about Conrad Taylor's upbringing in a remote mining town in Guyana, South America, prepared him for West Point - at the height of the Vietnam War. An extraordinary opportunity for most, the highly-regimented United States Military Academy was a life-changer for him. Enduring culture shock and surviving rude awakenings hardened the rigorous West Point Experience. And, Third World politics after West Point - because of West Point - tested it severely. The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction memoir has a simple proposition. Fly-or-die!

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" describes what happened upon Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its power-hungry leaders obsessed about him being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not - or else!

The historically-accurate, coming-of-age book provides a unique prism through which to see the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view will be nostalgic for some, shocking to many, and enlightening for others. Its subtly-threaded love story will enchant - at the very least.

The Smithsonian Institute displays PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance in its Anacostia Museum Library. The world's premier archive selected the inspiring memoir as a source of insights about the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Personal Memoirs

Language:English

Pages:222

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9780984839216

Paperback ISBN:9780984839223


Overview


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you.

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" charts a sometimes-humorous, fly-or-die journey of resilience, hope, survival, and love, as Conrad Taylor traverses between a vibrant mining community deep in the impenetrable tropical rain forests of Guyana, South America and the wind-swept plains of the highly-regimented United States Military Academy - at the height of the Vietnam War. The Smithsonian Institute displays the inspiring memoir in its Anacostia Museum Library.

The coming-of-age story sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point. It offers a ringside seat to the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics.

The book describes what happened upon Conrad Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its leaders obsessed about Conrad being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not – or else!

Read more

Description


If you love nonfiction, which reads like a novel, multiple award-winning "PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" is for you. Little about Conrad Taylor's upbringing in a remote mining town in Guyana, South America, prepared him for West Point - at the height of the Vietnam War. An extraordinary opportunity for most, the highly-regimented United States Military Academy was a life-changer for him. Enduring culture shock and surviving rude awakenings hardened the rigorous West Point Experience. And, Third World politics after West Point - because of West Point - tested it severely. The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction memoir has a simple proposition. Fly-or-die!

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" describes what happened upon Taylor's return to a government turned repressive, anti-American, and paranoid - overnight. The Soviet-leaning, Cold-War-era dictatorship feared regime change. Its power-hungry leaders obsessed about him being a spy for the United States. His was the impossible task of proving that he was not - or else!

The historically-accurate, coming-of-age book provides a unique prism through which to see the cultural trauma of emigration, the unique experience that is West Point, the personal side of Cold-War-era geopolitics, and the mayhem of Third World politics. The view will be nostalgic for some, shocking to many, and enlightening for others. Its subtly-threaded love story will enchant - at the very least.

The Smithsonian Institute displays PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance in its Anacostia Museum Library. The world's premier archive selected the inspiring memoir as a source of insights about the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.

Read more

About the author


Award-winning Author, Conrad Taylor, is a West Point, MIT Sloan, and Emory University graduate. His coming-of-age memoir, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, is on display at The Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum Library. The renowned Institute selected the book as a reference on the history and culture of black people in the Western Hemisphere.

Taylor grew up in a remote mining town in the upper reaches of the Amazon rainforests in Guyana, South America. His was an ordinary upbringing, until the extraordinary happened. Conrad won a coveted scholarship to the United States Military Academy in 1969. He attended the highly-regimented institution during an impactful period in history. The Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the 60s counterculture upheavals, for example, comprise the backdrop to life-changing experiences. His journey of rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point - thrust the newly-minted military officer on a collision course with a paranoid dictatorship. He barely escaped its grasp.

Conrad, a retired business executive, played for ARMY West Point in three NCAA soccer playoffs. He helped coach four youth teams to Illinois State Soccer Championships. Conrad Taylor is an avid soccer fan.

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