Path to Freedom by Conrad Taylor
My Story of Perseverance

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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 harden 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 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. The nonfiction reads like a novel. Its subtly-threaded love story will enchant - at the very least.

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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.
Published May 9, 2011 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War, History. Non-fiction

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