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Life is So Good

George Dawson & Richard Glaubman

In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson’s description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: “Life is so good. I do believe it’s getting better.”

George Dawson…

was illiterate.  Born in 1898, George Dawson saw every year of the 20th century until his death in 2001.  Dawson was the grandson of freed African American slaves and spent some of his life in Memphis and the Mid-South. 

When a man was making door-to-door visits on behalf of a local adult education program. Dawson overcame his initial reluctance to reveal his illiteracy, telling himself, “All your life you’ve wanted to read. Maybe this is why you’re still around.”  Dawson learned to read and even went on to study for his GED at the age of 103. He died on July 5, 2001, after suffering a stroke.  

His story, co-written by author Richard Glaubman, chronicles his life as a poor African American struggling with illiteracy and reveals the man of character, warmth, and optimism despite his constant struggles.  You will be inspired by his story.  

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