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Date: 13th October, 2023
Publisher: AUSTIN MACAULEY PUBLISHERS
No Regrets: Growing Up American in an Era of Globalization follows the author's life from his earliest days as the child of Czechoslovakian immigrants to his twilight years. Along the way he introduces us to improbable meetings, amazing coincidences, and fascinating individuals and events, all presented in a clear and, at times, humorous first-person narrative. Against the backdrop of major demographic changes in America since his ancestors' immigration in the early 20th century, we follow the author's journey from homogenous neighborhoods populated by first and second generation Central and Eastern Europeans to a life which embraces the rich racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of America. Part economic, political, and personal history and part social commentary, the author makes a persuasive case for maintaining an open and tolerant country and society made more important given the recent growth of nativist, anti-immigrant, and racial bias in the United States. During his life, the author introduces us to important historical figures personally connected with his relatives including the last emperor of China; the Granddaughter of the founder of the Mitsubishi Corporation; and Josephine Baker, the black American performer and World War II spy for the French resistance. Personal and funny anecdotes abound such as a chance meeting and almost tennis challenge to one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Interspersed with these, the author provides valuable advice on such practical matters as buying a house and how to lead a rich and full life.