The Bottom Line
- An interesting, facts-based narrative of Dr. George Washington Carver's life.
- Uses the actual words of interviewees who knew him.
- Provides insight into the lives of post-Civil War African-Americans.
- A very old book that you might have trouble laying hands on.
- Simplistic language - it's written for children.
- Tells the story of one African-American's rise from slavery to global acclaim, against all odds.
- Gives a personal account of the life of G.W. Carver.
- Details the origins of the field of biotechnology, the use of living organisms and plants produce household materials.
Guide Review - Book Review
Although this book is very old, I am reviewing it because it is responsible for instilling a love of agricultural biotechnology in my mother. It was required reading for some high schools in the 1960's, and after reading it, Dr. George Washington Carver became on of her greatest heroes. For that reason, I felt the book was worthy of consideration.
This tale of Dr. Carver, based on historical facts, is an interesting read for anyone who admires his work, but is aimed at children, making the language seem somewhat simple to the scientific mind. However, if you don't know much about the man, or his rise to fame from having been born into slavery just prior to the American Revolution, it's a quick, easy read. Although it's old, it is still available in the Toronto (Canada) Public Library, so you might also be able to get it in other major cities. If not, there are lots of other books about Dr. Carver, and I highly recommend his story to anyone.
Regardless of how it is presented, Dr. Carver's story is one of great innovation, integrity, perseverence and concern for the welfare of the earth and mankind. He was a pioneer in biotechnology, using peanuts and sweet potatoes to generate hundreds of household products. Although he never had to contend with issues of stem cell research or GMOs, Dr. Carver was a role model in how he put the science, integrity and people first, above commercialism and money. The bioethics debates of today could benefit from the input of more individuals like Carver, whose only concern was to improve the lot of the people struggling in the American south after the Civil War and, later, during the Great Depression.