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.