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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Military
  • Language:English
  • Pages:187
  • eBook ISBN:9781617925047

Path to Freedom

My Story of Perseverance

by Conrad Taylor

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Overview

“PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance” is an inspirational memoir. It charts a sometimes-humorous journey of perseverance, resilience, hope, survival, and love, as its author traverses between a remote mining town in Guyana’s Amazon jungle 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.

"PATH to FREEDOM" 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 that he was in cahoots with the United States to overthrow its leaders.

Description

"Path to Freedom is an extremely interesting read, thanks to Taylor's talent for illustrating his life's journey in such a fascinating way that I found this book difficult to put down until the end. For those looking to be inspired, as well as broaden their knowledge about Guyana and Third World political affairs, this commendable memoir is highly recommended." - by Readers' Favorite

  • In The Smithsonian
  • Readers' Favorite 5 Star Recipient
  • B.R.A.G. MedallionTM Honoree
  • Royal Palm Literary Award Winner

 

Little about Conrad Taylor's 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 West Point. An extraordinary opportunity for most, it was a life-changer for him. Culture shock hardened the ensuing West Point Experience. And, Third World politics tested it - severely. The book has a simple proposition. Fly-or-die!

 

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" charts a sometimes-humorous journey of perseverance, resilience, hope, survival, and love. It traverses between the ecologically-exotic Guyana, South America and the wind-swept plains of the highly-regimented United States Military Academy - at the height of the Vietnam War. The narrative sums up rude awakenings, especially after West Point - because of West Point.

 
The book offers up a ringside seat to Taylor’s journey. It 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 account 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!

 

More than a coming-of-age memoir, The Smithsonian has archived the historically-accurate “PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance.” The Institution displays the book in its Anacostia Museum Library as a reference on the history and culture of peoples of African descent in the Western Hemisphere.

 

"PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance" reads like a novel.

About the author

Conrad Taylor is a West Point graduate, former Guyana Defense Force Officer, and turnaround CEO. He is one of ten students from Latin America and the Caribbean selected to attend the highly-regimented United States Military Academy at the height of the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the 60s counterculture upheavals. An extraordinary opportunity for most, it was a life-changer for him.

Taylor holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an Executive Program certification from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He represented ARMY in three NCAA playoffs. Conrad has also assisted in coaching four Illinois Youth Soccer teams to State Championships.

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