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Conrad Taylor is the first of two Guyanese admitted to the United States Military Academy. He won one of ten scholarships awarded to students from Latin America and the Caribbean to attend the highly-regimented, world-famous institution, in 1969, in achieving that distinction. He grew up in Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America.

The West Point graduate and former Guyana Defense Force officer holds a Master's in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and an Executive Program Certification from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is an avid soccer fan, played for ARMY in three NCAA playoffs, and assisted in coaching four youth teams to Illinois State Soccer Championships.


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Conrad Taylor Just do it! I had put off writing PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, for many years for a myriad of reasons, including not knowing where to…moreJust do it! I had put off writing PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance, for many years for a myriad of reasons, including not knowing where to start. One day I just started writing, progressing by trial and error. Though that approach may be inefficient and frustrating for some, it proved effective for me.(less)
Conrad Taylor I wanted to provide my kids and grand kids with a glimpse of their cultural heritage - and the mayhem of Third World politics - in an interesting,…moreI wanted to provide my kids and grand kids with a glimpse of their cultural heritage - and the mayhem of Third World politics - in an interesting, readable way. (less)
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Conrad Taylor Am pleased to share that Readers' Favorite awarded PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance - #PathtoFreedom - its highest rating - Five (5) stars. Their review is as follows:

Path to Freedom: My Story of Perseverance - #PathtoFreedom - is author Conrad Taylor’s captivating memoir of his life journey from a humble beginning in Guyana to the elite West Point institute, back to Guyana and eventually settling down in the U.S. for good. Conrad Taylor is the first of two Guyanese admitted to the United States Military Academy. He won one of ten scholarships awarded to students from Latin America and the Caribbean to attend the world-famous institution in 1969.

Taylor grew up in a vibrant mining community deep in the impenetrable tropical rain forests of Guyana. Raised in his rough and tumble hometown of Mackenzie, Taylor recalls the place as “home to boisterous, fun-loving, hard-living, raucous types,” a beautiful place where anything seemed possible. His ties to West Point didn't serve him well when he went back to Guyana and got caught up in an anti-American political environment. We can definitely relate to Conrad Taylor’s emotions, aspirations, hopes, as well as uncertainties in this memoir. To read about an oppressive government in the midst of political paranoia reminds me to be grateful for never having to endure that kind of turmoil. At the same time, it gives me another level of understanding of what Third World citizens have to go through to obtain freedom as an unconditional human right.

Path to Freedom is an extremely interesting read, thanks to Taylor’s talent for illustrating his life’s journey in such a fascinating way that I found this book difficult to put down until the end. For those looking to be inspired, as well as broaden their knowledge about Guyana and Third World political affairs, this commendable memoir is highly recommended.


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Conrad Taylor In commemoration of Black History Month, the Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.) has selected PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance as one of six books to showcase on its Facebook cover photo during February 2014.
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message 1: by Conrad (last edited Oct 22, 2013 01:55PM)

Conrad Taylor What is your favorite quote?

IndieBrag's reviewer, Stephanie Hopkins, asked that question during an interview about PATH to FREEDOM: My Story of Perseverance. Here is the interview link: http://layeredpages.com/2013/10/18/in...

I would love to hear other answers.


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