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Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American: An Autobiography.

Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American: An Autobiography by Benjamin O. Davis Jr., foreword by Gov. L. Douglas Wilder; Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., $19.95

To read the memoirs of Benjamin O. Davis Jr. is to meet a hero: a man who weathered four years of the silent treatment at West Point; who in 1936 graduated 35th in a class of 276, and yet was denied entry into the Army Air Corps until FDR decreed the first black squadron into existence. Davis then became the first commander of the "Tuskegee Airmen" and despite persistent and bold-faced racism went on to become a three-star general. Unfortunately, the stiff-upper-lip attitude that propelled him to achieve career goals deadens his writing style. This risks turning the average reader off to what's a compelling story.
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Author:Bolden, Tonya
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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