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The Camp Follower
     

The Camp Follower

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by John Reilly Taylor
 

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The Camp Follower recounts the life of the author John Reilly Taylor, who grew up in the aftermath of World War II as the son of a US Army Officer. In his travels, he witnessed the reconstruction effort in post-war Europe, and the US support of pre-war South Vietnam. His father retained his position as a US Army officer after the war, and was assigned

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The Camp Follower recounts the life of the author John Reilly Taylor, who grew up in the aftermath of World War II as the son of a US Army Officer. In his travels, he witnessed the reconstruction effort in post-war Europe, and the US support of pre-war South Vietnam. His father retained his position as a US Army officer after the war, and was assigned several assignments including SHAPE which became NATO. These assignments required that the family relocate to countries all over Europe. John shares his adventures travelling around Europe, as well as later when his father was assigned to Viet Nam. During that period, he travelled throughout Asia by himself in his teenage years. John's experiences through his adolescence were spent in strange environments far from home, lands harrowed by the aftermath of the most horrendous war in history. In his last assignment before retirement, his father became the Comptroller for the US Military assistance group in South Vietnam. This is the background for John Reilly Taylor's youth, in which he chronicles his autobiography, The Camp Follower.

During the Second World War, approximately 71 million people died on all sides of the conflict, entire cities were flattened, their populaces decimated and dispossessed. Taylor grew up in this environment, as the child of a US military officer; he bore witness of the reconstruction efforts in postwar Europe as his father was posted in NATO bases across the continent. He would also see firsthand America's support of the South Vietnamese government before the Southeast Asian region was plunged in war once more. His youth was a pseudo-nomadic one, as he hopped from city to city, continent to continent. He would continue this pattern in his adulthood, becoming a Comptroller for the US military assistance group in South Vietnam. It would be no exaggeration to say that his life was one of adventure, a firsthand account of exotic locales from a seasoned traveler who began journeying at an early age. Taylor was able to travel throughout Asia by himself in his teens, in a time before backpacking became fashionable, before the age of satellite phones, GPS and the internet.

The Camp Follower is a sophisticated book that recounts the experience of a traveler, the sights of the European reconstruction, and the affairs of a military family sent overseas due to a father's duty to his nation. Those seeking not only to venture into another place, but also another time, will find Taylor's true story to be an engaging reading experience full of insights into issues that would shape the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469159072
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
06/11/2012
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

John grew up during the period during the twentieth century where wars were the norm and his experiences included moving to different countries with language barriers, new schools and different cultures. School was available if there was an English speaking school in the area. These were the days before home schooling became popular and if there was no English speaking school available then there was no school. This was combined with the additional burden of growing up in the aftermath of the most horrendous war in history. Approximately seventy one million people died on all sides and the war caused the greatest property damage in history. He was an eyewitness to the rebuilding effort in postwar Europe and the US support of the government ofSouth Vietnamin pre-war Vietnam. He also lived in different areas in the US. In Europe, he and his family lived in five cities in three countries in four years. His father, an Army officer, had assignments originating from developing some of the financial procedures for the establishment of NATO in Mediterranean countries, as well as later acting as the Comptroller for the US military assistance group in South Vietnam. His father was the first Finance Officer to be qualified as an airborne parachutist. This story follows the life of John during his adventures travelling around the world and is a biographical account of his family including his father's career. In John's later teenage years, he had the experience of travelling throughout Asia by himself. His last experiences in the story were his experiences on John Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey California from the late fifties into the early sixties.

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The Camp Follower 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This autobiography is a pleasure to read. It has serious moments, historical information and absolutely delightful humor as a young boy becomes a man. It also shows a child's love and admiration for his parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Story is a unique view of life as a "army Brat" Most books or stories are about what the person thought they lost. But this story is about what what John felt he gained from his experiences.  
ChezF More than 1 year ago
This is a great book I couldn't get my eyes off of it. An emotional moving book it really paint a picture from John Taylor's life.