On May 25, 1948, Garry Davis, a former Broadway actor & B-17 bomber pilot in WW II, walked into the United States Embassy in Paris & renounced his United States citizenship. Since that spring day, Davis has claimed to be a World Citizen. Thus began a physical and spiritual odyssey which has many times led Davis back & forth across the globe & which has not yet ended. The story of that odyssey of the man behind it & of the ideals of world citizenship & world peace which inspired it is told in this highly dramatic, entertaining & timely book.
He has faced the temptation of great power, as embodied in the 20,000 Parisians who cheered his speech in the Velodrome d'Hiver, in the bagful of mail which came to his little strip of no-man's-land between France & Germany, & in the over 1,000,000 people who registered as world citizens, with the support of internationally prominent intellectuals Camus, Einstein, Schweitzer & many others.
Throughout, endowed with a sense of humor, inspired by both human rights & the wisdom of India's sages & guided by the ideals which originally led him to action, he has maintained his equilibrium to become an inspirational icon to peacemakers throughout our "global village."