'20/20 Perfect Vision or a Political Pipe Dream?"" [NOOK Book]

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Imagine skiing down a slope on Mt. Hood when one ski tangles with an obstruction under the snow. While cartwheeling down the hill, your whole life flashes before your eyes and that's the last thing you can remember as you awaken twenty years later. That happened to Hugh Williams and this book relates the novel and unusual manner in which he was able to retrieve the highlights of those years he missed.

He enters into an agreement with the staff...
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Overview

Imagine skiing down a slope on Mt. Hood when one ski tangles with an obstruction under the snow. While cartwheeling down the hill, your whole life flashes before your eyes and that's the last thing you can remember as you awaken twenty years later. That happened to Hugh Williams and this book relates the novel and unusual manner in which he was able to retrieve the highlights of those years he missed.

He enters into an agreement with the staff of the nursing home where he had been confined for so many years. Hugh had lots to share with his caretakers as he had taken so many wonderful trips in his earlier years, one of which involved a trip across th Soviet Union in 1972 and included a 5,ooo mile trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Having kept a daily journal of this adventure, he was able to bring the trials and tribulations of a visit to communism to life. His interest in politics is borne out in every chapter and if one likes history, geography and government, occasionally sprinkled with a little humor, this book is a must read.
(The portions relating to travel in Russia are true, while the politics that either take place during, or are referred to; between the year 2000 and 2020 are naturally mostly fiction.)


The trip of a lifetime for a railroad enthusiast who is s staunch anti-communist and his interaction with the people of Siberia in 1972. The work consists of a series of flashbacks during a trade off of information with fellow tenants of a rest home in the year 2020.
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Editorial Reviews

George Bush
Dear Bill:

Just a note of thanks for the copy of your book, 20/20. It looks like a good read and I appreciate your sharing it with me.
With my best wishes,
George Bush
Larry Arnn
Dear Mr. Hughes:

I have received your fine book and admire both it and the inscription which you have written. It will be valued here, and as promised I will send it over to the library for the use of our students.
Thank you for the handsome gift and for your friendship to us.

Larry Arnn, President
Hillsdale College
Lila Scheer
When I read 20/20 by Bill Hughes, I was fascinated by the descriptions of his journeys on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and his comments on the reactions of the Russian people he met.

Interspersed were his interesting observations of America, especially our own Northwest.

Once you open the book, you will be reluctant to put it down until you reach the last page.
Miriam Reyes
If you like train travel, especially international. and are curious about the former Soviet Union, don't overlook this work. Author made you feel as if you're with him and his wife during their drive from Leningrad, now St Petersburg, to Moscow thence the 5,000 plus miles all the way from Moscow to the sea of Japan. I read it twice as I didn't want to miss a single episode.
Oliver North
Dear Bill:

Many thanks for thinking of me with a copy of 20/20. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.
After returning home from my third trip to Afghanistan, I can tell you it's not getting easier on this 'ole Marine. But I would assure everyone our country is truly blessed by the military 24/7.
Again Bill, my thanks!
Semper Fidelis,
Oliver L. North
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012665027
  • Publisher: Bill Hughes
  • Publication date: 2/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 219
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Attended school in that city and enlisted in the Merchant Marines, sailing on troop transports to the South Pacific and Europe. After a short stint in the army, migrated to the Pacific Northwest where he attended Vanport College, forerunner of Portland State. Was employed in the transportation industry most of life and traveled extensively world wide Enjoyed avocation of politics, writing and stand up comedy. Was a candidate for congress on four occasions and referred to as a political activist.

Always loved writing and has been a frequent contributor of letters to editors all over the country. Is probably patriotic ro a fault and constantly trying to write warnings about how far America has drifted from her Constitution. Was invited to teach capitalism in Siberia upon the fall of communism and has now made a total of ten trips to that part pf the world. His conservatism and disdain for communism sneaks through this work that spans fifty years,
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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    What a breath of fresh air!

    You will really enjoy some of the parody with modern news and media figures. The main character had some good points with a conservative message that we could use in today's world. I could definitely identify with the political irony. Our leadership should take notes. A wonderful travelogue with the heart beat of inner Russia and the Siberian Railroad. Loved the photos. It is original, satisfying and an easy read with a light but resonant undertone. Fun way to blend fiction with real events.

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