Walter E.Williams, PHD is one of the two best living teachers of economics, the other being Thomas Sowell, PHD. And, yes it is important that these men are black men between 70+ and 80+ years old, who grew up in a time when public education actually educated. If you are interested in teaching your children the truth about race in American, you can do no better than to use these two men as exemplars of possibilities fulfilled in this wonderful land of opportunity. The importance of Walter E. Williams book 'Up From the Projects' is that it traces his humble beginnings to his present success and illustrates that through his dedication to the work ethic anyone can rise above their circumstances. Both men were not nose to the grindstone kids in public school, but through the influence of a parent or mentors were taught that they could demand better of themselves. I highly recommend this book to parents and hope that they will encourage their youngsters to read it and discuss it with them. Although radical in his earlier years, he confronted racial incidents in his young adulthood with biting and intelligent humor, which made his points without obvious anger. Within the context of his successful and well lived life, Dr. Williams tells of his many years with the love of his life, Mrs. Williams, that produced a beautiful, intelligent daughter. Aside from being a great teacher of economics, Dr. Walter E. Williams is an adorable curmudgeon and an inspiration.