Baker & Taylor A man who learned to read when he was ninety-eight recalls the early hardships of his life, shares his memories of segregation, and discusses his philosophical observations
Blackwell North Amer What makes a happy person, a happy life? In this book, George Dawson, a 101-year-old man who learned to read when he was 98, reflects on the philosophy he learned from his father - a belief that "life is so good" - as he offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century. Born in 1898 in Marshall, Texas, the grandson of slaves, George Dawson tells how his father, despite hardships, always believed in seeing the richness in life and trained his children to do the same. As a boy, George had to go to work to help support the family, and so he did not attend school or learn to read; yet he describes how he learned to read the world and survive in it. At ninety-eight, George decided to learn to read and enrolled in a literacy program, becoming a celebrated student. Richard Glaubman captures George Dawson's irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history and America - eyewitness impressions of segregation, changes in human relations, the wars and the presidents, inventions such as the car and the airplane, and much, much more. And throughout his story, George Dawson inspires the reader with the message that sustained him happily for more than a century: "Life is so good. I do believe it's getting better."
Baker & Taylor A man who learned to read when he was ninetyeight recalls the early hardships of his life, shares his memories of segregation, and discusses his philosophical observations.