Ben Carson, neurosurgeon
Zondervan Publishing House, March 1999
I have not yet read this book. I saw David Gergen interview Carson on the Lehrer NewsHour. In the fifth grade Carson had been a do-nothing student, considered to be a dummy by his classmates. As described in his 1992 book Think Big, his hardworking, illiterate mother restricted her two boys to two pre-selected television programs each week. She had them read two books from the public library each week and submit book reports to her – Ben Carson not knowing that his mother could not read. Reading opened a new world for Carson and stimulated his imagination. From a do nothing student he went to the top of his class. By his early thirties he was a leading brain surgeon.