Pinzon’s debut memoir details a life of epic scope—from preteen Mexican immigrant working for an Arizona rancher, to police officer, corporate sales manager, university professor, international-investment manager and charity volunteer.
In this wide-ranging book, the author pays closest attention to his early life, charting his evolution from a member of a close-knit community to an outsider beset by bigotry. As a university student, he became politically active, advocating the commonality of all peoples. His life soon shifted because of events outside his control—his family left Mexico, he suffered an arrest-related head injury with ongoing complications, and he was even kidnapped in Mexico City. However, his life choices demonstrate the power of his drive and determination and highlight his unshakeable commitment to family, mentors, co-workers and people in need. The narrative intersperses events in Pinzon’s life with the various guidelines he has followed along the way, including the police officer’s code of ethics and his own corporate policies. During the business phase of his life, the narrative scales back on personal disclosures and detours into professional lessons and includes an impassioned plea for changes in corporate behavior. Here the author provides pages of tips on starting a business and tells the success story of a self-starting teenage Nepali entrepreneur. The memoir ends not by summing up the author’s experiences, but with a call for personal responsibility and team building in all areas of life. It’s a consistent and fitting conclusion to Pinzon’s inspirational and instructive story.
An engaging life story that effectively demonstrates the concept that no man is an island.