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Unheralded but Unbowed: Black Scientists & Engineers who Changed the World Paperback – September 15, 2009
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About the Author
Garland L. Thompson has covered science and technology extensively for more than a generation. Beginning his own career in technology as a Vietnam War-era Navy technician and working in the telecommunications industry afterward, Thompson realized the technologies he was seeing were about to radically alter the way business was done in this country, and decided to become a journalist. A 1975 graduate of Temple University's School of Communications & Theater and a 1983 graduate of the Beasley School of Law, Thompson brings multiple skills to bear in his approach to news coverage. In addition to working for the Philadelphia Inquirerand the Baltimore Sun, Thompson has edited the two oldest Black publications still printing: The Phhiladelphia Tribune, the oldest newsweekly, and The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. DuBois. Thompson also has completed several stints as a college professor, including serving as Freedom Forum Professional-in Residence at the University of Kansas and as Phillip Morris Visiting Professor of Business Journalism at Bernard M. Baruch College. For the last quarter of a century, Thompson also has sat as a member of the Selection Panel for the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards, presented each February by Baltimore-based Career Communications Group, publishers of US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not a comprehensive history of African Americans in science. It is, however, a wonderful way to find out just how much African Americans contribute to modern America.
Thompson does a good job of not only telling about current African American achievers in engineering and science, he places them in a historical context.
Yes, Thompson does talk about the obstacles racism threw in the path of the people whose stories he tells - but really, racism is a fact of life and a real part of American history. We need to accept it and deal with it and admit it is there!
To any teachers - this is a good book if you teach African American students as it provides the story of many excellent role models for your students. I recommend it highly.
That's not what this book is about. It's a racist screed, describing all the evil done to black engineers and scientists by The Man.
Want proof? Do a search on Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver. Washington was among the best-known educators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, famous for his practical and incredibly effective efforts to provide quality education to black students, including engineers and scientists. Carver was surely among the scientific geniuses of our age. As a chemist, he set out to find 1000 new uses of the peanut, and he did it (ever hear of peanut butter?)
But in this book, you will not find one single accomplishment of these fine men; only the claim that later scientists and engineers were mistreated just as Washington and Carver had been.
Thompson himself is not a scientist (nor does he claim to be), so wouldn't recognize scientific achievement if he tripped over it. No matter, though. His goal doesn't seem to be about accomplishments at all -- only about black people abused or ignored by The Man. It's a political book, not a book about science or scientists. A big disappointment.