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Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: American
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: American
By Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991, 442 pp.

General Davis was the first black to graduate from West Point in this century (1936). He retired as a lieutenant general in the Air Force after a distinguished career. This moving autobiography, written with understated passion and without rancor, describes the appalling ostracism the author endured as a cadet and young officer and the positive changes after World War II that opened opportunity to all officers with diminished regard to race.