Hidden Genius: Frank Mann, the Black Engineer behind Howard Hughes
[From the back cover]
Frank Mann had the deck stacked against him from the very start. A Black child born to an unwed mother in 1908 Texas didn't have much hope of becoming a success in life. But in 1919, on a dusty Houston airfield, young Frank met a kindred soul-- a boy named Howard Hughes. It was the start of a lifelong friendship, and together, these two men would help revolutionize the world with their unique inventions and designs. However, because Frank was Black, he did not always receive the credit he deserved and few people today have heard of his many accomplishments. Hidden Genius tells the little-known story of a talented aeronautical and aerospace engineer, award-winning sports car designer, solider of fortune, WWII officer, and primary civilian instructor for the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Published by Grey Forest Press, LLC 2011
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