Samuel M. Murray’s ‘Samuel’ is an Autobiographical Look at Picking Oneself up by One’s Bootstraps

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Man traces his life from street to classroom in new book

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I’ll get there, I’ll get there

The story of men and women building themselves up from nothing to success is an integral part of the American Dream. In his autobiography“Samuel: In Search of the American Dream” (published by iUniverse) Dr. Samuel M. Murray, P.D., Ed.D., recounts for readers his story of rising from abject poverty to his current success.

“I wanted to write this book to leave a legacy concerning my difficult struggle to survive and achieve my goals after living in poverty and receiving very little help,” Murray says.

An excerpt from “Samuel”:

“The road to school was long, cold, and dangerous. School buses didn’t transport black children. Mama asked me, ‘How will you get there, son?’ I replied, ‘I guess I’ll just have to walk, mama. But, I’ll get there, I’ll get there.’”

“Samuel” has already been recognized as a valuable book by several sources, including Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, who assigned it as their summer reading assignment for all incoming freshmen in 2005. “I know that his story has influenced the lives of others,” says Regis Bernhardt, dean of Kutztown. “This is why I invited him to come to Kutztown. I marvel at his perseverance, and I am moved by his desire to influence the lives of others.”

By Dr. Samuel M. Murray, P.D., Ed.D.
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 244 pages | ISBN 9781462015542
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Samuel M. Murray was born on a small farm in Yemassee, S.C. Murray and the former Eugenie Lewis were married on December 19, 1948. One month later, Eugenie Lewis Murray watched with pride as her husband received his high school diploma at age 20. Since then, Murray has earned the following degrees: B.A., M.S., P.D., and Ed.D. At Fordham University, Murray became a member of Kappa Delta Pi in 1975, and was accepted as a member of Phi Delta Kappa in 1976.

Murray had a successful career with the New York City Fire Department from 1958 to 1990. Before he became an author and publisher, Murray taught at William Paterson College in New Jersey, and at Nyack College in New York.

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