Informally Educated: A True Tale of Child Abuse, Survival and Murder

1967, 8 yr old Davie's world was turned upside down. Traveling with a madman who was without conscious, Davie was physically and mentally abused at every turn. Using every semblance of courage, he fought day after day just to survive not knowing which brutal attack would be the last for him and his family. This is a shocking tale of abuse, manipulation and yes, bravery, as told by a survivor. Kennesaw Taylor shares his story with others to let them know that there is hope. Let the cycle of abuse be broken. Traveling the country to promote Informally Educated and to try to raise awareness about the abuse and domestic violence he endured during his childhood. Trying to save one child or woman from what he went through, trying to help others break the cycle of abuse they are trapped in. Kennesaw is also a humor columnist for several small papers. Follow Kennesaw on or on facebook.

Reviews from

Write a review (you'll need to sign in to your Goodreads account or sign up) (showing 1-8 of 11)
By Cheri · ★★★★★ · October 25, 2010
Wow! While this was very hard to read because some of the things were close to home I have to thank the author for writing it! Very good! ...more
By Mike (Lombard, IL) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 05, 2011
Author Kennesaw Taylor introduces us to the dark, underbelly world of child abuse. The story centers on an 8-yr-old Davie Brown. Davie is living the life every child should have, until his mother begins dating a man named Jack Cooper. Suddenly, the lives of Davie and his family are changed, with... ...more
By Michele (North Kingstown, RI) · ★★★★★ · January 07, 2012
An incredible story of abuse, but more importantly, a story of survival. It is hard to believe what this poor child went through. It is tragic that this level of abuse could occur in our country without anyone stepping forward to help. Congratulations, Mr. Taylor, on moving through your abuse and... ...more
By Amairani (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · December 08, 2011
What an interesting book this was, and very graphic. Jack is the worst human being i have ever heard of. Jack would beat on his wife, and step children. He even killed a cat in this book because it was eating at his food. Jack also beat on other people, other than his family. Parents would hand t... ...more
By Soledad · ★★★☆☆ · December 04, 2011
This book was based on a true story. The author of this book wrote about the way he lived his childhood life. He didn't have a normal childhood like one would usually have. He lived in what we can call Hell. His mother happened to get involved with a monster named Jack and couldn't get rid of him... ...more
By Jeannie (Pensacola, FL) · ★★★★☆ · July 30, 2013
This was a heart-breaking read. One of the worst cases of child abuse I've heard of. I'm speechless at the cruelty the author endured and that his step-father was able to get away with so much while others stood by and did nothing. I salute the author for having the courage to tell his story and... ...more
By Windy (San Clemente, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 20, 2012
This book had me in tears since I relate to childhood abuse.I must say that this was written with raw painful reality and to share your story to the public takes a lot of guts.I especially liked that the author added contacts for abuse for everyone.Kudos for courage Mr.Taylor! ...more
By Jake (Des Plaines, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · December 06, 2011
This book is not a book for the weak. It is extremely graphic. If you like a good suspenseful book this book is for you. If you think all of the world is prefect. Then read this book, you will realize what people go through on a daily basis. ...more