Travels with Harley: Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity

Travels with Harley: Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity

by Christopher Holshek


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Travels with Harley: Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity by Christopher Holshek

Far more than an account of an 8,000 mile motorcycle adventure across the United States, Travels with Harley is a stirring memoir of an Army veteran's 30-year quest for peace, personal and national identity. Only through service to others, he learns, can Americans of all ages find their identity and step up to national and global citizenship, starting in their own communities, and move the country forward. As the nation struggles to find a pathway to its future, Colonel Holshek's positive and empowering message on citizenship, service, and social responsibility in and beyond America couldn't be more timely or needed. To promote national unity and help pass the baton of generational leadership, he has created the National Service Ride, a unique platform to connect youth to service learning, funded entirely through book sales. For more information, please visit

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941758373
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christopher Holshek is a retired U.S. Army Civil Affairs colonel whose three decades of experience include the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa. A leading “Veterans for Smart Power” member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and a Senior Associate at Protect the People, he served in multiple United Nations field missions in civilian and military capacities. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, PBS Newshour, and French Arte TV, and writes for Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post and other publications worldwide.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 5

1 South Carolina: "Please" and "Thank You" 13

2 Mississippi: Latitudes and Attitudes 27

3 Texas: "It's Like a Whole Other Country" 44

4 New Mexico: Old Post and New Posts 60

5 The Southwest: Humans and Hardware 77

6 Simi Valley: Guns N' Ideas 99

7 Liberia: Learning From the Outside In 113

8 The Pacific Coast: Builders and Artists 134

9 The National Parks: Strength at Home Is Power Abroad 152

10 From West to East: Control or Connectivity? 171

11 The Great Plains: Real Americans 189

12 The Heartland: Leaders and Citizens 216

13 The Homestretch: Is This a Great Country, or What? 236

Notes 257

About the Author 271

Acknowledgments 273

About Inkshares 276

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Travels with Harley: Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Travels with Harley is a flawless book. Christopher Holshek is a incredible a guy, from serving in our military to being a role model to many others, the man is just awesome. His book it self covers so much ranging from ecological perspectives to his experience doing his service to this great country. If you want to discover more fascinating details about our country than this is the book for you!
Cory-Lynn-D More than 1 year ago
Travels with Harley was a lovely book that opened my eyes to what it is like to be a fully engaged American citizen who is wanting to make a difference in their nation. The chapters were easy to follow and they were mainly divided by different issues Holshek wanted to be discussed. It really allowed for me to understand that global issues are not a foreign idea, but they even exist here at home. The only downfall to this book, is the use of quotes. While majority of the time the quotes were useful in emphasizing to get the point across, they sometime interrupted the flow of ideas as I was reading. Overall, it was an awesome read and I have already recommended it to my father.
shelby-ciulla More than 1 year ago
This book is one that I was required to read for a global issues course, and originally dreaded. The book starts off pretty slow in my opinion, but is worth sticking it out for there are many lessons that can be learned throughout. Written by a former military personnel, Travels with Harley is a unique search of personal and national identity by Holshek as he travels to learn more about the great nation he served. What I found most enlightening is that he calls citizens to action, believing to truly be a citizen you should not only have to but want to play a role. Another aspect of the book that I liked was Holshek's view that to truly be thankful for the sacrifice given by service men and women, you need to give them something to be thankful for. If you are feeling lost in this country, I highly suggest reading this with an open mind.
shaughnyreilly More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my global issues class. We actually got the privilege to meet Mr. Holshek in person. He came and talked to our class about his travels around the world that he explains in this book. I would highly recommend this book if you are into history because he explains what is it like to have fought for our country but not seen the whole country and how people act. This is a very inspiring book. This book really makes you want to go out and look around our country yourself. It is amazing to me that you can be so selfless and go out and risk your life for our country and know things about it but not really have experiences in other places that you do not know. There are many events in this book and it talks about things that have happened over the years as Americans and in America. Holshek tells some great stories of when he was a kid and stories of him and his friends when certain things were going on in this country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Travels with Harley, Christopher Holshek, a retired Colonel, writes his own view of what it is like to be a citizen and the importance of being involved in the community. He does this by talking about his first hand experiences in certain places as he travels around the Nation in search of personal and national identity. The book is very inspirational and well written. While reading it, I learned about the role of civil affairs, and information on past events in history.
Ahuffma More than 1 year ago
Holshek has a very unique way with words in this political novel as he takes us on his journey through not only America but also his life. Overall I think this novel is refreshing in terms of ideas on the state of America. Holshek tends to talk about his experiences and specifics of the military a bit more than I am interested in but if you look past that it is a grade A novel. It doesn't matter if you are a republican or a democrat or a liberal, if you are an American you should read thi book. Not only is it insightful, but it is also backed up by years of facts and events in American history. Overall I would recommend this to anyone that wants to broaden their knowledge of where America has been, where we are, and where we are going.
jadej More than 1 year ago
This memoir is a very insightful story written based on the experiences and thoughts of Army colonel Christopher Holshek. First and foremost, it is a very great and inspiring read that will challenge your mental capacity. It was a very interesting read and it opened my eyes to many realities of the world regarding citizenship and service. It challenges one to consider what it means to be a true citizen, more specifically, a true American in today's society. It challenges one to take action and go through our own personal journey to unveil the truths behind our own personal identity. It encourages us to discover who we really are. He incorporates various stories and viewpoints that will cause you to have to stop and think about what really happens in our society. It should push you to become a more aware citizen and how to come to a realization about the realities of the world.
Alex_Garcia10 More than 1 year ago
Travels with Harley is a great read, I think everyone should really look into reading this book. The messages he is trying to get people to see are very important ones that I think people sometimes lack. After reading this book my visions about global engagement have truly been influenced and not only global engagement but local, community engagement as well. Holshek really makes you feel the importance of acting as a good citizen here in America. Holshek also has a great knowledge of military history throughout his career and just history in general, and I liked how he would include his views on certain things, many of them on which I agreed on. Overall I think it is a great read and would expand your views on many of the topics discussed.
Alaldin More than 1 year ago
This book written by Chistopher Holshek was an eye opening book that led me to question my own involvement in today's society. It was a very interesting read, that had a great deal of information yet wasn't at all boring. I would definitely read it again. The author continuously keeps the reader interested as he discusses the true meaning of being a citizen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Col. Holshek addresses the necessity of service and engagement from a direction of optimism and inspiration. His application of experiences with the military makes Travels with Harley a must-read. Initially assigned this reading for a class (and less than a chapter into the book), I found myself taking notes irrelevant to the assignment but worth noting as ideals that every American should acknowledge. Col. Holshek outlines critical points that we as citizen must collectively address in order to move forward. Not only is his book informative, but engaging as well. Col. Holshek opens the readers mind and challenges individuals to think for themselves, yet in a manner that encourages cooperation and contribution. Great read even for those not drawn to the political genre.