Het boek van de Amerikaans Navy-kapitein William G. Armstrong jr. is verschenen.
Enkele weken geleden mocht ik van hem onderstaand bericht ontvangen (zie ook link voor eventuele geïnteresseerde lezers)
Dear Mr. Hoedt,
I’m writing to thank you for your guidance and help in writing the story about Mark Higgins, who as you know worked for Albert Schweitzer in Gabon in 1959 and 1960, and who journeyed through the Congo in the summer of 1960.
I am pleased to let you know that Oakham Press has now published, “Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey,” authored by Mark’s cousin Clarinda Higgins and me. It captures a period in time at the hospital in Gabon and in the Congo, and may bring back memories of that period.
Here’s what the publisher says about it: “Against the Current” recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a New England industrial family who elected to pursue his own destiny rather than the one his father charted for him. In 1959 he postponed college, traveled to West Africa, and became the first student staff member at the hospital run by Albert Schweitzer, the famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate, philosopher and medical missionary.
The Schweitzer clinic, an intellectual crossroads for world-famous scholars, researchers and peace activists, was an eye-opening education for Mark Higgins. He worked as a handyman, trained to become a medical technician and helped treat lepers. He assisted three cardiologists who made a break-through discovery. He lived among the natives, absorbed tribal culture and experienced life-changing events that built his self-confidence.
After a year of hard work, Higgins left the hospital and embarked on a solo journey across the newly independent Congo. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power was shifting. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark’s travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks.
Our thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. We went to Gabon to research parts of this book, and we believe that Mark Higgins left legacies that have had a profound impact on society more than half a century later.
The Foreword to the book is written by the executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowships, Inc., and the book has been warmly received by that organization.
The book is available on Amazon.com as a paperback as well as on Kindle. More information is available on our website: www.OakhamPress-AgainstTheCurrent.com
Please take a look and let us know what you think.
With warm regards and many thanks.