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Down From The Mountain: The Path of a Baby Boomer by Brian Vickery is the memoir of a man who has seen it all when it comes to facing life and career challenges. Born without privilege in 1945 to banana growers Catherine May and Norman Vickery, life was hard. But just when things were getting better, he was yanked from a promising career in the postal service and drafted into the army. National service was initially a tough ask, but Brian moved from being unconvincing and unambitious in his earlier years to becoming a well-respected and upwardly mobile officer in the Australian military. How did he do it? Grab a copy of Down From The Mountain, get a seat, and find out!
This is not just another tale. Down From The Mountain: The Path of a Baby Boomer is a relatable story, particularly if you are like me and you enjoy reading memoirs and historical warfare. Brian’s style is crisp and direct, with an objective narration of events that rival the original experience. It was so emotionally engaging that I constantly found myself laughing, groaning, shocked, frightened, or surprised throughout the narrative. I also liked the inclusion of pictures in the book. It helped me to visualize the scenes and further solidified the story as I was able to attach faces to names. Although I have read several memoirs before, I feel privileged to have read Brian Vickery’s story and it will stay in my memory for a long, long time.