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!