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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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

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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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