PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance

TCF Business Group
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"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


In The Smithsonian Institute's Anacostia Museum

2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner 

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 memoir, The Smithsonian has archived the historically-accurate “PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance.” The Institution displays the resource in its Anacostia Museum Library as a reference on the history and culture of Black people in the Western Hemisphere.

 

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

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About the author

Conrad Taylor is one of the first two Guyanese and one of ten students from Latin America and the Caribbean to win a scholarship to West Point. He attended the highly-regimented United States Military Academy at the height of the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the 60s counterculture upheavals. Conrad lends the unique perspective of that life-changing opportunity - and eventual forced emigration - to his award-winning memoir, PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance.

Conrad now uses his extensive business experiences, including as a CEO, to advise others on Strategy, Leadership, and Change Management. He 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. An avid soccer fan, Conrad represented ARMY on an undefeated freshman team and in three NCAA playoffs. The husband, father, and grandfather has also been an Assistant Coach to four Illinois Youth Soccer State Championships teams.

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Publisher
TCF Business Group
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Published on
Apr 21, 2011
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Pages
187
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ISBN
9781617925047
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Biography & Autobiography / Military
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
History / Caribbean & West Indies / General
History / Latin America / South America
Political Science / Geopolitics
Political Science / Political Freedom
Social Science / Black Studies (Global)
Social Science / Emigration & Immigration
Travel / South America / General
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