A Story of Life: Conklin's Book "Don't Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter”

By:  Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
01/15/2013
       
A Story of Life: Conklin's Book "Don't Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter”

As he reveals in his recently published Don’t Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter, Army veteran Ken Conklin is one person who knows the value of using metaphors to better discern the pearls that life has to offer.

As he reveals in his recently published Don’t Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter, Army veteran Ken Conklin is one person who knows the value of using metaphors to better discern the pearls that life has to offer.

It is by way of the imagery of the military that Conklin delineates for his readers the contours of life. And it is from his actual experience in the military that he draws, in a way that is sure to charm readers.

It has been quite some time since fictional character Rocky Balboa achieved the stature of a cultural icon. Sylvester Stallone’s hugely successful film franchise has his beloved “Italian Stallion” exchanging blows with one adversary after the other. Yet Stallone has repeatedly insisted over the decades since the debut of the original Rocky that the series is not ultimately about boxing at all.

Rather, it is about life.

As he reveals in his recently published, Don’t Thank Me, Thank Your Recruiter, Army veteran Ken Conklin is one person who knows the value of using metaphors to better discern the pearls that life has to offer. But there are two differences between Conklin and Stallone in this regard.

First, it is by way of the imagery of the military, not boxing, that Conklin delineates for his readers the contours of life.

Second, it is from his experience in the military that Conklin draws.

That is, in contrast to Rocky, Conklin, and the story that he recapitulates, are real.

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