Author Johnny L. Taylor was born August 13, 1944 near Little Rock, Arkansas. A decorated veteran of the United States Army, Taylor has used the desire, vision and passion he developed from his upbringing in the rural American South to become one of Little Rock’s most successful and respected entrepreneurs. In his second book, Growing Up in the South: Lessons Learned, Taylor shares with readers some of his formative experiences, from his days as a boy in a small Arkansas community, to his years of military service as a young man—including a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was wounded and for which he was subsequently awarded the Purple Heart—and finally to the years he spent laying the groundwork for becoming a community leader. A staunch and disciplined entrepreneur, self-taught craftsman and artisan, as well as an inspiration to many, Johnny Taylor professes a simplistic, common sense view of life that he has developed into a formula for success which he hopes to impart to readers in this easygoing narrative, which is part autobiographical, part social commentary, and part instructional treatise. Johnny Taylor is a successful real estate developer in Arkansas. He lives in Little Rock with his wife Alice Taylor.