In The Smithsonian Institute's Anacostia Museum
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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.
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.
Responsible for protecting the Lider maximo for two decades, Juan Reinaldo Sánchez was party to his secret life – because everything around Castro was hidden. From the ghost town in which guerrillas from several continents were trained, to his immense personal fortune – including a huge property portfolio, a secret paradise island, and seizure of public money – as well as his relationship with his family and his nine children from five different partners.
Sanchez's tell-all expose reveals countless state secrets and the many sides of the Cuban monarch: genius war leader in Nicaragua and Angola, paranoid autocrat at home, master spy, Machiavellian diplomat, and accomplice to drug traffickers. This extraordinary testimony makes us re-examine everything we thought we knew about the Cuban story and Fidel Castro Ruz.