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"When I finished reading Up from the Projects, I wished it had been a longer book. But it got the job done—and its insights are much needed today."
--Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution
Nationally syndicated columnist and prolific author Walter E. Williams recalls some of the highlights and turning points of his life. From his lower middle class beginnings in a mixed but predominantly black neighborhood in West Philadelphia to his department chair at George Mason University, Williams tells an “only in America” story of a life of achievement.
Williams describes the influences of his early years—such as the teachers who demanded his best efforts and made no excuses for him—and tells how his two years in the army became an important part of his maturation process, in spite of the racism he encountered. He recounts his early time getting established in Los Angeles—getting his B.A., going on to grad school at UCLA, and beginning his teaching career. And he tells how his subsequent move to the Urban Institute in Washington opened his eyes to how decisions are really made in D.C.
When he recounts ultimately accepting his professorship appointment at George Mason University, the author marvels that “I never thought I’d be working there thirty years later.” And throughout the book, Willams refers to the immeasurable contribution of his wife of 48 years, who shared his vision through hard work and love.
Books Of Interest, book review Feb 17, 2015
Mr. Williams speaks about his lower-middle class upbringing in the neighborhood of West Philadelphia, life in the military,... Read more
This book was an excellent read. It clearly describes Walter Williams generational age of his upbringing, the values that he garnered from his hard working mother and all the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sovereign Mary
Professor Williams documents how one may rise from poverty and be successful. His story parallels my experience growing u in a barrio and being the first in my family to graduate... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Openh2orower
A valuable autobiography from an African-American born into a materially poor family in 1936, and who faced much racism in his younger days, but has become a successful economics... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. J. Sarfati
As with many of his writings, "Up From the Projects" will cause you to think beyond your preconceptions. Though not a scholarly work, it is quite educational. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven Marty Grant
Interesting to learn about his life and some of its lessons. He's grateful that his education was completed and his career path set
before affirmitive action. Read more
Walter Williams is one of my favorite opinion writers. The man makes sense. Reading his autobiography helped me understand why he thinks like he does. Read morePublished 19 months ago by FLORENCE CRYSUP
This biography is brief, but I don't see that as being a drawback. Williams covers the main points of his life and worldview without delving into needless details. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dan Maguire, Author of One Last Improvisation