American Warlord: A True Story

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American Warlord is about when a son learns the family business. Chucky Taylor is the son of Charles Taylor, president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003. Chucky is born in 1977 and raised by his mother after his father abandons both to take a greater role in the revolt against the Liberian government. Liberia is a country in upheaval. After the president is executed in 1980, Taylor has come to the forefront in leadership, and meanwhile Chucky is not even of school age. Father and son live markedly different lives until Chucky, living in Orlando, Florida, hears from his father. That’s where the change begins. Chucky is transformed after a visit to his father’s home country. He eventually assumes a role in his father’s security and takes to it like a duck to water. His actions go from abusive to barbaric in dealing with detractors. His hubris brings about an eventual downfall.

This book reads as well as a fictional tale. It was hard to put down once I started. The victims of the atrocities committed by the Taylor regime and the law enforcement personnel who brought down the younger Taylor garner the most sympathy. Chucky Taylor received the longer prison sentence, but Charles Taylor ultimately bears the brunt of the responsibility for what he nurtured in his son.


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Author Johnny Dwyer
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2015-Apr-07
ISBN 9780307273482
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Issue May 2015
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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