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Autobiography of a Baby Boomer: One man's detour from Cornell Medical School across Europe, Afghanistan, Iran, and India (with a few potholes along the way) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Schultz
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In Autobiography of a Baby Boomer you’ll follow the journey of a post-modernist baby-boomer from Father Knows Best middle class Fair Lawn, New Jersey to the hippy trail through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The overland journey in search of something more than he could find at Cornell University Medical College covers four years during a time when “dropping out,” “turning on,” and “free-love” were the gospel. Through his travels, drugs, séances, very far-out “Road People,” and his parents’ unremitting love, author Robert Schultz comes to truly appreciate the American way of life. In an admittedly unconventional way, Schultz discovers the rather conventional joy of having a family and the awesome responsibility that comes with it.


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Midwest Book Review: With humor and poignancy, 'Autobiography of a Baby Boomer' is insightful and a very much recommended addition to contemporary memoir collections. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Robert Schultz, although a Jersey boy at heart, presently lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, Debbie, and three children. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1969 and, after exploring the world, went on to receive an M.D. degree from Cornell University and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Harvard. Now retired from private practice Robert enjoys giving back to the medical profession by serving on the teaching faculty in the department of orthopaedics at Duke University. His book Street Smarts for the Practicing Physician and Surgeon helps serve towards that purpose. He remains a student of existential discovery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5203 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611530490
  • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing; First edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDGPN74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complexity of a Life August 26, 2013
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While the journey across exotic parts of the world, much of which are no longer safe for a Westerner, highlighting how much the world has changed in the last 40 years, is fascinating, the book really succeeds in showing the competing struggles we all face in our lives. For Dr. Schultz, there is the quest for higher spiritual knowledge competing against a life of great material comfort and desire for status ("To be The Man", as Dr Schultz puts it). There is the narcissism of youth contrasted against the responsibilities, empathy, and kindness of his adult life as a caring parent, loving son, doting husband, and highly successful Doctor and businessman. Dr. Schultz dreams big and achieves the height of success through determination, vision, and plain old hard work. Through it all, the book's central theme is really the quest for a life well lived, with a startling honesty for the times Schultz falls short in his personal behavior or petty emotions - things we all experience as contradictory human beings. It's his courage for facing areas that need improvement and for the real challenges we all must face with aging and death of those we love that really makes this an extraordinary biography. Sprinkled throughout is wonderful nostalgia for the Yankees, groovy times, playing safely outside after dark, and of course, the amazing music, movies, and television of the 50s and 60s. The reader probably won't agree with some of what Dr Schultz says (I found some of the Conservative political statements distracting from the otherwise superb narrative as they added little to the story), but you will grow along side this complex, good, enthralling man. He will become your dear friend and teacher as you read along, and you will be saddened that the book has to end - one of the greatest compliments you can give a book and it's author.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read!!! May 28, 2011
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In Autobiography of a Baby Boomer, Robert Schultz takes the reader on a wild ride from his comfy suburban home to Hamilton College and Cornell Medical College with a long detour through Afghanistan, Turkey, Manila and places in between. It was a quick, interesting and enjoyable read and many baby boomers will find something in his story they can relate to. Schultz makes frequent references to world events taking place at the time and this adds a nice historical perspective to the story as well. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Sex, drugs, lust, love, adventure, intrigue, exotic places. This is every male boomer's fantasy of experiencing the wild side of life on the way to manhood. How fascinating that Robert Schultz survived his magical mystery tour in the 70s and went on to become a highly successful and dedicated surgeon. You don't have to be a guy to appreciate his story. But if you're a female it might make you a little jealous. Very enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a REMAKABKABLE MANS JOURNEY INTO AND THRU LIFE October 2, 2013
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An unusualstory of a remarkable manwho couldn't find himslf despite the wonderful opportunities he had offered to him, his seeking nirvana was a great adventure but provided him little in reaching his goal until he touched his home base and found in the area the very understanding he needed to realize the end of his quest. Four years of searching for that whicch was in his grasp at the start....The deep love of his parents and family that was the spring board to his future career and happiness,, A great read for everyone not just Baby Boomer. This senior ciizen found much of vaue therein....H.S.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 21, 2013
By Jeanne
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Bob, a fellow Falcon from Fair Lawn HIgh School Class of '65, has grasped the essence of everything that was our age. I enjoyed crying, laughing, reminiscing about our formative years. Bob's style is wonderful to keep the reader's attention whether he or she is on a road in Afghanistan, a tony house in Fair Lawn, or a medical operating room in New Jersey.( By the way, I think you operated on my father!) I enjoyed each page and have given the book to a friend to enjoy too. Bravo!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!! December 6, 2013
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This book was an easy and enjoyable read. I especially enjoyed reading this book while abroad and being able to see some of the places Dr. Schultz visited. It was an incredible and exciting story that I could not put down. The book provided an example of one person's journey through life and how grateful we should be for the memories that we have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! July 26, 2013
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Life is a journey and in Autobiography of a Baby Boomer, the author recalls his incredible life's journey with all it's joys, fears, humor, hard work and fascinating people and places. It is written in a lively enjoyable style with detailed descriptions that make you feel as if you are there. I particularly enjoyed Dr. Schulz' final reflections of the baby boomer generation and his sense of gratitude for his family and life's blessings. Highly recommended for all ages- I'm sharing it with my 91 year old mother!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of a Baby Boomer July 12, 2013
By paa
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What a fantastic book. You will not only learn about the individual travels of Bob but you will get a sense of what life was like during "simpler" times. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby Boomer Doctor
I liked reading Bob Schultz's story. He certainly has had many interesting adventures. I expected most of the book to be about his hippie days but this was not the case. Read more
Published 16 days ago by D. Thrush, writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!
This is a book all baby boomers should read, as Robert weaved his travels in Europe and further East with events of the 60's that we all remember where we were. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars It brought me back to the 1960’s!
I happened to meet Bob at a local bookstore in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was interested in reading about his journey, since we grew up in neighboring towns in New Jersey. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Meyerson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a trip down memory lane.
This was a hard book for me to finish but I was glad I finished it. I was disappointed because I wanted to read more about life as a baby boomer than read about how Dr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by living good
3.0 out of 5 stars It was telling a story very similar to a good percentage of baby...
I wondered why I chose to read this book. It was telling a story very similar to a good percentage of baby boomers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loretta Kretchko
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Enjoyed the book. I'm not a baby boomer but I could relate to many of the stories. Like the way it was written.
Published 5 months ago by Joan Hudziak
5.0 out of 5 stars Those were the days
It brought me back in time. Some that I was proud to be part of and others that not so proud of . Only baby boomers can appreciate so much of the book.
Published 5 months ago by Diane Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Really loved this book. Very honest and open and gives a great look at what it was really like to live "in the 60's". Very heartfelt storytelling that draws you in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DeGraff
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a hippie story as expected
I purchased this book, expecting it to be a fun story about hippies traveling around the world. While this aspect of the book is well covered and fun, the main focus of it is a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pawel Kaluza
5.0 out of 5 stars Forrest Gump lives!
What and interesting story and an interesting life! Just like Forrest Gump, Dr. Schultz stumbles through early adulthood and bumps into history..... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott S.
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