About the Author
"Of Welsh and Irish descent, T. J. Shannon was influenced in his early years by the multicultural French- and English- speaking people of eastern Canada. Born in Toronto, the son of a Canadian naval officer, he immigrated to the United States in the 1950s and experienced the cultural and social turmoil of the ’60s. Educated in both countries, he received his MBA from a Mid-western university and was the president of several major corporations in the United States and the Cayman Islands. As a witness to the emotionally charged issues of the ’60s, he saw firsthand the impact of corporate abuse and unreasoned government control. From virtually every corner of society, there was a universal sense of injustice, spawning the Black Panthers; the Weathermen Underground; and the counterculture movement articulated by free love, squalid communes, and drugs. Mass demonstrations against the war and civil disobedience, born of the civil rights movement, were the order of the day. The imprint of these events left a generation scarred, struggling to find a way back into society. Many didn’t make it, falling victim to their circumstances. Visited with early professional success in the aerospace industry, the author’s affair with a beautiful assistant resulted in divorce and tragedy. Estranged from his family, the next few years were spent drifting in and out of relationships, looking for comfort in pool halls and drinking establishments. Shannon battled on, finding work in the auto industry and never looking back. Having embraced both success and failure, Shannon’s life has been based on determination and perseverance. His principle character, Jack Bishop, relentlessly seeks a better place, but bad choices and circumstances he eventually can’t control dictate his ultimate failure. In the end, Shannon rose through the ranks dedicated to the welfare of the people around him. Recognized by the governor of the state that he and his family reside in, T. J. Shannon has been privileged to bring the ’60s to life as he saw it. This book reflects the gravity of unintended consequences and the cumulative effect of the choices we make."