Waiting for Westmoreland
A memoir by John Maberry. Here’s what the back cover blurb says:
Those seeking happiness amidst the suffering or disillusionment of day to day life will find hope in reading Waiting for Westmoreland. Those seeking redemption for past mistakes, will also find a means to achieve it. The book is the true story of a 20th century Candide—an innocent growing up in America in the fifties. As a boy, the author suffers the death of loved ones. Spending a year in Vietnam, with its readily available sex and drugs, thoroughly corrupts his youth. Then the political realities of the war and Watergate shatter his idealistic illusions about America. So, to reclaim his virtue and ideals, he thinks he must reform the people or institutions that failed him.
His quest for the tools of change becomes a frustrating pursuit. Finally, he encounters a person who has the knowledge he needs. She introduces him to the life philosophy of Buddhism, which reveals that the credit or blame for all of life’s events lies within—not from others. Looking for happiness outside oneself is fruitless. Only by taking personal responsibility for one’s own life can one be truly happy. Reforming oneself, not trying to change others, is the means for making the world a better place.
Review Comments (selected excerpts)
“Great book; enjoyable read. I recommend this book to everyone!” says Timothy Harada, author of Myth Shattering . . . I was very encouraged that regardless of the troubles John Maberry faced throughout all the ordeals in his life, he was able to grow and learn from each of them and eventually overcome them.
“I highly recommend it,” says A. Sansbury. “It’s a small book and reads very fast. No matter what your own experience in life, I think you will find this book interesting and impressive, and it may just lead to a whole new life for you, a new awakening.
“A gripping story of the harsh realities of life and the search for a purpose,” says Jim Maglione of Springfield, Virginia. “It is a sensitive portrait of one man’s story, in which the author accurately captures the reality and emotion of coming of age during the 60’s and 70’s. This is truly a compelling story of self actualization.”
“John Maberry has written an insightful book about how he used the material of his own life to take a transformative journey of personal change. The journey itself is difficult enough; to write about it honestly, without excuses, is a rare achievement. . . . ” says Joanne Lozar Glenn, writer and educator, author of Mentor Me.
“Enjoyable Reading,” says Janet, of Alexandria, Virginia. “Having grown up in the same time period, we feel he genuinely depicts the turbulent atmosphere in our country. We recommend this book to all looking for reflection and insight into personal development.”
“I greatly enjoyed and learned from [John Maberry’s] writings. [His] life experiences, views and beliefs are of great value. I am very glad to have read [his] book!” Said Judy Bennett.
“An Enjoyable Life Story,” says Wesley Higaki, “Waiting for Westmoreland is an excellent memoir . . . I was particularly moved and educated by his observations about the politics involved in the unpopular, yet long-lasting Vietnam War. The quality of the author’s writing is excellent . . .”
“Life, Growth, Evolve,” D.G. Kaye, author of four highly rated books, says: “The author takes us on his journey from childhood where he lives through the loss of both parents and moves around different states, different jobs, Viet Nam war, where he shares his candid views and experiences through his struggles physically and internally. His mission to become successful in job and relationships becomes a driving force which keeps him motivated through adversity and rejection is an inspiration for many to take something from his journey.”