From the Publisher
"A model biography, superbly researched and written . . . sure to (become) the last word on this stage of Washington's career for many years to come" ("History").
From the Jacket
This book begins in 1901, when Booker T. Washington at the age of forty-five was approaching the zenith of his fame and influence, and ends with his death in 1915. It is a biographical study in the sense that its focus is on the complex, enigmatic figure of Washington, the most powerful black minority-group boss of his time.