Inevitably, this book will become required reading in every high school and college across America. That's what many readers are saying.
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Don Hussey’s son gave up his career as a chemist to join the U.S. Army and was ultimately deployed to Iraq. It was then that Hussey decided to write his son a detailed account of his life and those who influenced him, long before his son was born.
Ticket to Ride, the Promise of America is an unflinching honest memoir of a military man, a public school teacher, a successful entrepreneur, and most recently, a candidate for the Congress of the United States.
He grew up in the 1950’s moving from town to town, just south of Boston. His parents divorced when he was three years old, and Don and his brother Peter, a hemophiliac, were sent to live in a home – an orphanage of sorts – with twenty other displaced children, each competing for attention, a place at the table, and somewhere to sleep. When Don’s mother remarried nearly two years later, instead of having a the stable home they longed for, they found themselves under the oppressive thumb of a brutally abusive, alcoholic stepfather – a stepfather who took his frustrations and misery out on all of them, especially Don.
In the summer of 1965, Don Hussy’s life changed forever. At twenty-two years old, he was faced with a choice few have experienced or even imagined. It was time to summon all of his courage and keep going, or give up and become a miserable failure.
Ticket to Ride, the Promise of America is resonating with people from all walks of life.
“The theme of Don Hussey’s story is the hard-won wisdom that comes from never giving up and never giving in, no matter where we start in life and what we must overcome,” said Sandy Kaye, Professor of Humanities, Curry College, and writing teacher, Harvard University Extension School, Boston. “That determination, along with his brutal honesty, brave integrity, and unbounded compassion make his memoir a handbook for survival and an inspiration for pursing our dreams.”
In a recent interview, Hussey was asked why he shared so much about his personal life in this book.
"If I can reach out personally and through my experience, to the many young people faced with similar circumstances, they may find their lives have much greater meaning than they realize," said Hussey. "The growing epidemic of high school and college dropouts across America is simply staggering - the emerging 'enemy from within,' which left unchecked, will continue to fuel the gathering storm of social unrest, threatening the very stability of our country."