The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life: Treasured and Not So Treasured Memories captures the autobiographical recollections of George Quigley Langstaff Jr., beginning in 1925 with his boyhood years in a well-to-do family in West Kentucky. He recalls the devastating impact of the Great Depression, followed by a flood in 1937, which left his family in poverty, dismantling their comfortable arrangements.
Moving chronologically and divided into topical sections, the chapters of The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life tell of a long and fascinating journey through boyhood jobs, schooling, competitive sports, military service, blossoming love, a life of faith, engagement in business, political involvement, the blessings of family, personal portraits, and world travels. Along the way, The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life attends to the story of George Langstaff’s climb from poverty to become a corporate CEO and a management consultant.
Towards the end of his autobiography, the author writes, “I have attempted to give the readers insight into a life lived with joys, sorrows, challenges, successes, failures, poverty and plenty, failing in love but also world class success in love, a close knit and devoted family, many interests to keep one busy and a lifelong devotion to Christianity.” If you find yourself attracted to personal accounts of lives that embrace these common elements of human experience and that weather three-fourths of the twentieth century and then some, then The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life: Treasured and Not So Treasured Memories will speak to you.