December 17, 2021, marks the 40th anniversary of the kidnapping of then Brigadier General James Lee Dozier in Verona, Italy by Red Brigade terrorists. Dozier was held captive for 42 days before being rescued by a special operations team–a news story that made front-page headlines around the world. At the moment news of his rescue broke, everyone was asking: How did he manage to survive?
The source of that resilience is the compelling story that unfolds in “Finding My Pole Star” an inspiring message as timely today as it was four decades ago. General Dozier’s dedicated service ranges from the military to youth mentorship, demonstrating how faith can overcome many of life’s obstacles.
Targeted Age Group:: Teens and Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to share with young people my strategy of using a "pole star" to find my direction in life. Just as the ancient mariners used a pole star to navigate using the stars, I used my pole star as to my ethics, morality, religious values and beliefs.
The Fiat hatchback made its way through the early evening, transporting me from Verona, Italy, to an unknown destination and to an equally unknown future. I was in the back, jammed into a steamer trunk, lying on my left side, knees to my chest, handcuffed with my hands behind my back. Each time I moved to make myself a little more comfortable, the handcuffs would tighten. Eventually, I would lose feeling in both of my hands. There were two other people in the car, one man and one woman. The man was driving. The woman was a passenger; I could smell her perfume. From time to time, the woman would check my breathing and pulse. In a strange way, that was reassuring.
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