On the road to peace during the turbulent 70s

The Hitchhike

by Mark Paul Smith

In 1972, Mark Paul Smith, an officer in the U.S. Air Force, hitchhiked around the world and came back a conscientious objector. In his journey, he discovered some basic truths about all mankind and their desire for peace. This Vietnam era book is his true story.

“When I left on my journey I wasn’t sure if I was an intrepid explorer or just another fugitive from justice. I had no idea I would end up meeting John Lennon, hitchhiking through The Iron Curtain, . . . nearly dying in a storm at sea, smoking opium in Iran, finding my soul in the music of Afghanistan, smuggling turquoise over the Khyber Pass into Pakistan and nearly dying from dysentery and the dagger of my Argentinian lover in India.” —from the preface

ISBN 978-0-985243-08-9 • 6 x 9 paperback • 318 pgs • $17.95 

Reviews

The Hitchike a Vietnam Era Book by Mark Paul Smith“Mark Paul Smith offers a courageous memoir that combines the audacity of youth in the 1970’s with the timeless wisdom that comes to those willing to consider the world from a new point of view. Smith’s epic tale invites readers to remove blinders and rose-colored glasses alike in order to see beyond our comfort zones.” 
—Socratic Parent 
“The Hitchhike is a great true story for middle aged folks that remember meeting the opposite sex on airplanes and traveling on the cheap. The author travels across Europe hitchhiking and meets interesting people and has a plethora of experiences. It’s almost hard to believe the stories are true, but the whole summer of travel was documented in 1970’s newspaper stories. Reading this book is a vicarious ride through the peace movement and Vietnam. I highly recommend it for a fun history tour.” —Brenda B. Fishbaugh
“Mark Paul Smith offers a courageous memoir that combines the audacity of youth in the 1970’s with the timeless wisdom that comes to those willing to consider the world from a new point of view. Smith’s epic tale invites readers to remove blinders and rose-colored glasses alike in order to see beyond our comfort zones.” —Laurie Gray
“Wow… great read, drama, romance, travel stories, moral decisions…What more do you want in a book? Smith makes his travels come alive. This book is an easy read, but also the kind of book that is hard to put down. Looking forward to the next one!” —Mary Ann
About the author

Mark Paul Smith has been a trial attorney for 31 years. After returning from his life-changing hitchhike, he became a newspaper reporter for four years and then played in a rock band on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, for three years. He and the artist Jody Hemphill Smith, his wife of 35 years, now own Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana.