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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) by [Schultz, Robert]
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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: 4556 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing; First edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDGPN74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By H. WALTER on 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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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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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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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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By Jeanne on August 21, 2013
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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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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. Most of the book is about his career as an orthopedic surgeon. I found it difficult to reconcile his hippie days with his later more materialistic, conservative life. As a baby boomer hippie, I always wondered what happened to all the hippies. We believed in peace and love and acceptance of differences. What was mine was yours and we were all brothers and sisters. We were innocently idealistic and non-materialistic. We truly believed that when our generation came of age, we would change the world into a peaceful utopia. So it was interesting to me to see the evolution from hippie to mainstream conservative. There were some minor errors which seem to be caused from using a dictation system. There was a horrible car accident in the early part of the book in which Bob Schulz was badly hurt. I found it disconcerting that he never mentioned whether the other three people in the car were okay. I also thought the book was overly long and found the last few chapters to be extraneous. The ending should be more concise. I liked the insertion of historical events which helped put the times into context. Overall, I enjoyed this book and this baby boomer's unique story.
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