by Booker T. Washington
Quickie recap: Born into slavery and freed under the emancipation proclamation, this man pursues education single-mindedly and accomplishes some amazing thing, not just as a black man, but as a man period.
Quickie review: At times humble, and other times somewhat boastful, it was a chapter or two in before I realized that if he is proud of accomplishments, he has damn good reason to be. He is a truly remarkable man and it comes out in his writing.
Quickie recommendation: It's an honour and a privilege to read about and remember this man's life.