The year 1968 has been marked by many observers as the most frenetic year of the last half-century, with confrontations and violence that occurred worldwide. In that same year Tom Leech was on the road, making his a round-the-world journey of nearly six-months and 27 countries visited. Now, four decades later, he reviews month-by-month that tumultuous year 1968, from the perspective of a curious traveler's experiences, complemented by those of many friends from back then, also on the road in '68. From Tom Fenton, International Columnist, PRI's The World and former International Correspondent, CBS News: I was a foreign correspondent in 1968, and Tom Leech's account of his trip around the world is a time machine that takes me back to the world as it was then. It is more than travel writing. It's a personal account of what it was like to be young and on the road in a year that made history, and a reminder of how much the world has changed since then.
Tom Leech wears several hats as an author, professional speaker and corporate presentations coach. For over two decades, he has helped organizations nationwide enhance communications success and capabilities via executive and team coaching, training seminars, and conference programs. His articles on nature, travel, lifestyle and business have appeared in many publications. For San Diego Magazine he was a feature writer and business columnist for the regular edition, then Editor of the online edition's Outdoors Forum. His books cover a range of topics: - Outdoors San Diego: Hiking, Biking & Camping (with Jack Farnan - Premier Publishing); - How to Prepare, Stage & Deliver Winning Presentations, 3rd Edition 2004 (AMACOM), named to Presentations Magazine's Top of the Class book list; - Say it like Shakespeare: The Bard's Timeless Tips for Successful Communication (McGraw-Hill).