A memoir of risk-taking, poignancy and redemption, On the Edge recounts University of Washington grad, Stephen Murphy’s odyssey east to Harvard Business School. Feel his pain as his hopes come crashing down. Watch him struggle through Vietnam and Pacific typhoons, but find his way to Columbia Business School and later Brazil. How does he live in an infamous favela in Rio de Janeiro, as an international banker, or end up with Hollywood studios, fighting pirates? Or how does he run the gauntlet in both Bush administrations inside the Beltway, yet keep his cool? In twelve chapters focused on “turning points of life,” On the Edge: An Odyssey gives inspiration to professionals to land on their feet despite harsh circumstance. “On the Edge seeks to recollect the author’s life with large strokes, while zooming in on specific events that stand out. However, it is not a story told without purpose. Rather, the author’s life story is shown to be one of seeking his raison d'être... finally coming to find meaning in faith and in connecting peoples of the Americas. This book was a great read, and I am thankful that you have decided to share your adventures and lessons learned with many readers.” --CreateSpace, Jon, editor ‘’Stephen Murphy has indeed taken paths less travelled. This is a frank and personal discussion of success, failure and lessons learned by a Seattle boy who became a global wanderer.” -- Christopher T. Bayley, author, Seattle Justice; chair, Stewardship Partners; former King County Prosecuting Attorney.