From The Maelstrom: A Pilgrim's Story of Dissent and Survival is, above all, the very personal memoir of a humble, but sometimes painfully intelligent and reflective man.Dr. Lubomir "Lubo" Gleiman began the memoir a few years after retiring as a Professor of Philosophy from Salve Regina university in Newport, Rhode Island. Lubo stated the original purpose of the memoir was to, ..". provide my children and grandchildren a better understanding of the events that brought me from rural Slovakia to the United States. In writing the book, however, Lubo found himself imposing the critical and philosophical methods that he had developed over years as a scholar and professor. Thus, a book that was supposed to be just about events and a personal story became a deeper reflection on their meaning. Sheltered from the realities of the century and the first years of the Second World War, Lubo Gleiman and his family quickly realize that they are on the wrong side of history and begin a desperate journey shared by so many displaced people. Thus, this memoir takes the reader on a journey through events and ideas from his conscription into a strange pseudo military labor unit, to his "liberation" of sorts at the hands of the 101st Airborne, to his attempts at fomenting anti-communist insurgency, to his struggle to "get to the west," to his immigrant experience, and finally to his fulfillment in the promising but flawed world of academic and intellectual freedom.