In the Eye of the Beholder: Tales from a Lifetime


Robert W. Parson

Robert W. Parson was born in Stratford, Connecticut. He studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, received his bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University, and obtained his master’s degree in history from the University of Arizona. His career in sales, marketing, and management included various positions with General Electric, North American Philips, and Panasonic Corporation of North America. He is the author of one previous book, Every Word You Write Vichy Will Be Watching You: Surveillance and Public Opinion in the Gard Department 1940–1944: The Postal Control System During Vichy France. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, and Nîmes, France.

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Everything worthwhile in life comes at a cost. Wisdom must be earned. Love must be nurtured. Peace must be brokered. Many of these sacrifices are negotiations of the individual with the greater universe, and many, sadly, don’t survive the journey or are broken by it. Bob Parson was one of them. Separation, divorce, and being isolated from his daughter filled his life with despair. But then everything changed.

In the Eye of the Beholder is Bob Parson’s autobiographical account of his journeys and life lessons learned from traversing the world during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, an era when being part of the Silent Generation came with unparalleled beauty and unexpected consequences. Through it all, he was a US soldier, an accomplished businessman, a loving father, and a grateful soul thankful for second chances. His colorful stories span several decades of domestic and international adventures defined by the sadness of war, the thrill of exotic travel, and the cost of personal enlightenment.


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