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  • ISBN: 9780062890566
  • ISBN: 0062890565
  • ISBN: 9780062890573
  • ISBN: 0062890573
  • Physical Description: xii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
First days -- A sacrificial pawn -- The bones of the machine -- The book of changes -- Voices of the dead -- To speak of rivers -- Honeypot traps -- Twice as hard -- The arrangement -- Doing small things in a great way -- Covert ops -- The king is dead -- Clandestine service -- A mass shooting at IBM -- The egg -- Leaving -- Long walks -- Epilogue: The words of a poet.
Summary, etc.:
"The story of America's first Black engineer, his revolutionary son, and the corporation that destroyed their relationship"-- Provided by publisher.
"In 1946, John Stanley Ford was hired as the IBM's firs black software engineer. But many of the company's white employees refused to accept a black colleague and did everything in their power to humiliate, subvert, and undermine Ford. Yet Ford would not quit, recognizing that he had an obligation to his race as a "first." Instead, he comported himself with dignity and professionalism, and relied on his community to succeed. While Ford remained at IBM, it came at great emotional cost to himself and his family, especially his son, Clyde. Overlooked for promotions he deserved, the embittered Ford began blaming his fate on his skin color, which painfully divided him and Clyde, who followed him to IBM two decades later. From his first day of work, Clyde made clear he was different. Only IBM hadn't changed. As he, too, experienced the same institutional racism, Clyde began to better understand the subtle yet daring ways his father had fought back. It is a story of how a son came to appreciate his father and the sacrifices he made." -- publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    Award-winning writer and public speaker Ford describes the difference between working for IBM if one started just after WWII, as his father, John Stanley Ford, the company's first African American software engineer, did, versus after the civil rights movement, as Ford did. In his memoir, Ford sketches his parents' divorce and remarriage, and notes his father's insistence that he and his sister learn both fine arts and software programming principles, helping the author become proud and ambitious. As he seeks to contextualize his father's and his own time as minority hires at IBM, Ford includes too few fully fleshed-out personal anecdotes among footnoted summaries of other books about IBM and its famed chair, Thomas J. Watson, who personally hired the author's father. Ford contrasts Watson's bringing his father onboard with IBM's involvement with such racist horrors as eugenics, the Holocaust, and apartheid. Less convincingly presented are Ford's views on how the atmosphere at IBM impacted his father or himself and the dynamics of institutional racism that thinking black apparently helped them fend off. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Ford, John Stanley, 1919-2000.
Ford, Clyde W. > Family.
International Business Machines Corporation > Employees > Biography.
International Business Machines Corporation > History > 20th century.
African American engineers > United States > Biography.
Engineers > United States > Biography.
Software engineering > United States > History > 20th century.
Discrimination in employment > United States > History > 20th century.
Fathers and sons > United States > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Cultural, Ethnic & Regional > African American & Black.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS > Workplace Culture.
International Business Machines Corporation.
African American engineers.
Discrimination in employment.
Fathers and sons.
Software engineering.
United States.
Genre: Biography.

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