George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver by John Perry – book review

About the book:

A generation of 20th-century Americans knew him as a gentle, stoop-shouldered old black man who loved plants and discovered more than a hundred uses for the humble peanut. George Washington Carver goes beyond the public image to chronicle the adventures of one of history’s most inspiring and remarkable men.


My Review:

The book is a biography about George Washington Carver.  Very detailed, completely fascinating.  I learned so much about this man, and more than that, about the circumstances he lived in, the people he interacted with, even the personality conflicts he felt with others.


Like most, I knew Mr. Carver found about a bazillion different uses for the peanut.  I did NOT know that he worked for Booker T. Washington, and had a huge personality conflict with the man for many years.  I did not know that he loved to paint, and debated whether he should study art or science.  I was unaware that he simply chose the name “Washington” as his middle name when asked what it was.  I had no idea that he was so witty and composed around people of high stature and great importance.  All of these facts and more greatly endeared me to this man.


The book tells more than facts about George Washington Carver.  It shares stories, thoughts, feelings, and insights into WHO this man was…not just what he did.  I was fascinated throughout, and yep, you guessed it:  inspired like crazy!  (It may help that Mr. Carver himself was an amazing individual.  Write a book about me and it probably won’t be as interesting.)  I will be holding onto this book and reading it to my daughter as she gets older, sharing with her the treasure I’ve found here.  It’s an uncomplicated read that engages the reader and provides them with great insights.  I’d happily recommend it to anyone else who likes learning about different people in our country’s history.

I’m giving George Washington Carver by John Perry 5 stars:  I LOVED IT!


*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received the book free of charge from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.