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by Colin L. Powell,Joseph E. Persico

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Author: Colin L. Powell,Joseph E. Persico
ISBN: 0679765115
ISBN13: 978-0679765110
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Large Print (May 14, 2003)
Pages: 992
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Colin Powell's candid, introspective autobiography is a joy for all with an appetite for well-written political and . Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica.

Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He knew the rough life of the streets.

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Powell, Colin L; Persico, Joseph . From the son of immigrant parents in Harlem to commander of Desert Storm, Colin Powell himself tells the story of his life that has come to embody the American dream.

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by Colin L. Powell (Author), Joseph E. Persico (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. General Powell may have undertaken this book as a form of paid political test marketing, but it turns out to be a success of an altogether different kind. YA?The eminently readable journey of one African American boy from a close-knit neighborhood in the South Bronx through his rise to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to civilian retirement. Powell was neither an athlete nor a scholar; his childhood centered around his home, friends, and church. Later, in college, he found his niche.

Author(s): Colin Powell, Joseph E. My American Journey: An Autobiography (Random House Large Print). Published November 1st 1995 by Thorndike Press. Large Print, Paperback. ISBN: 0345466411 (ISBN13: 9780345466419). Published June 2003 by Random House Large Print Publishing. Large Print, Hardcover, 998 pages. Author(s): Colin Powell. ISBN: 0375432388 (ISBN13: 9780375432385). Powell and Joseph E. My American Journey is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers" inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future.

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My American Journey : An Autobiography. Publisher:Random House Publishing Group.

Автор: Powell Colin, Persico Joseph Название: My American Journey Издательство: Random House .

2003 Язык: ENG Размер: 2. 2 x 1. 4 x . 6 cm Поставляется из: США Описание: A great American success story. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica

Manufacturer: Random House Release date: 9 September 1995 ISBN-10 : 0679432965 ISBN-13: 9780679432968.

"A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY . . . AN ENDEARING AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK."--The New York Times Book ReviewColin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history--Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm--but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier's directness. MY AMERICAN JOURNEY is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers" inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision."The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man's journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces . . . Fascinating."--The Washington Post Book World"Eloquent."--Los Angeles Times Book Review"PROFOUND AND MOVING . . . . Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America."--Jack Kemp The Wall Street Journal"A book that is much like its subject--articulate, confident, impressive, but unpretentious and witty. . . . Whether you are a political junkie, a military buff, or just interested in a good story, MY AMERICAN JOURNEY is a book well worth reading."--San Diego Union Tribune"Colin Powell's candid, introspective autobiography is a joy for all with an appetite for well-written political and social commentary."--The Detroit NewsFrom the Paperback edition.
Comments to eBook My American Journey: An Autobiography (Random House Large Print)
tamada
I enjoyed the book, and learning about his life. He’s frank and honest. Especially when he shares the challenges of being away in the military and his babies and children not knowing him, and having to get acquainted. I believe this book should be read by high school students. The reason I say that, is because he shares how he became what he is today, and the how he made the decisions. I considered him to be a good, decent hard working man who has done very well for himself. I loved his honesty regarding changing from an Engineering degree to Geology; which placed him on the path of meeting a ROTC, to becoming a Four Star General and serving in Washington D.C.. It’sa great story.
fire dancer
This autobiography covers Collin Powell's life from early childhood through retirement from the Army, with a few post-Army experiences. At the time of its writing he clearly did not anticipate serving as Secretary of State or in any other future high-visibility position. It was the intended capstone of his public career. The book is well-stocked with a readable selection of anecdotes from Powell's family, military and political lives.

Perhaps of even greater value are the lessons Powell draws from these experiences. Some are succinct, like Powell's Rules written on scraps of paper kept on his desk. They include "Get mad, then get over it," "Officers always eat last," and "Share credit." Others are longer statements of personal philosophy or perspective. Here are nine of Collin Powell's hard-won lessons:

- "Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
- "Never be without a watch, a pencil, and a notepad."
- "Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."
- "With vision only, you get no follow-through. With enforcers only, the vision is realized, but leaves a lot of wreckage. Good chaplains pick up the pieces and put everything together again." [On three complementary leadership styles.]
- "I had long since learned to cope with Army management fashions. You pay the king his shilling, get him off your back, and then go about doing what you consider important."
- "The staff meeting served one useful purpose, however. It stroked the participants' egos and made them feel like part of the team."
- "There was a lot of talk about Powell the `reluctant warrior.' Guilty. War is a deadly game and I do not believe in spending the lives of Americans lightly."
- "The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise."
- "Reject the easy path of victimhood. Dare to take the harder path of work and commitment, a path that leads somewhere."

There are longer lessons, too. Along with thoughtful portraits of military and political leaders, on-the-ground accounts of historical events, and candid assessments of U.S. military capability from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. Powell is critical while remaining respectful, and cautionary while remaining optimistic. His own account of his life and service to his country is worth reading and enjoying. It is highly recommended.
Andronrad
Stories abound in the US government about simple acts of kindness that Colin Powell showed to employees. But the stories I love the best are the ones told by Arabs, Latinos, Asians and Africans. People everyone seem to love to hate the US, but they consistently agree on two things ... Colin Powell and the Bill of Rights.

This book is a simple, clear picture of life and work. One of the only complaints I've heard about him came from Panamanian military men who dislike him because he planned Operation Just Cause, the air assault and arrest of Manual Noriega in Panama. This, also, is detailed in his biography.

But by far the thing I love the most and perhaps the thing that my Asian, Arab and Latin brothers love the most about Colin Powell is that he came from humble beginings and doesn't hide it nor seem to be ashamed of it. And that despite his rather average (by global standards) family life and upbringing, he rose to be one of the most significant and powerful men in the world.

People in South America love to talk about how he got off the plane in a full, formal black suit. "Why?" they ask. Because he respects us, they explain.

Somehow everyone feels like they are kin to Colin. His courtesy and kindness, his genuine character and true grit developed through the hard knocks of the Vietname war and surviving a couple of the more racist decades of U.S. history. Interestingly, while he accounts the negative aspects of his life's history ... combat, racism, struggles, he seems to find a spark of inspiration in all things good and bad.

Maybe that's way he has such a following throughout the globe.
Samulkree
Surprised this held my interest throughout and I'm female, non-veteran, white and a senior but would be an excellent choice for anyone; very interesting that acquaints one with familiar named people and world events in the news over about 1950 to 1990's; gave me a better appreciation for the life of our troops!!
BlackHaze
I have to say I have read this book so many times I have memorized most the passages.

Gen. Powell provides us with the tapestry of his life. He came from immigrant parents and was directionless most of his youth. When he got to CCNY and joined the Pershing Rifles (Army ROTC), he found his calling and his career. He describes his love for the miltary, especially the Army, and for his country. But he also is able to step back and reveal flaws of himself and the career that he loves.

This is an American story. General Powell is a man that I admire as a service member, a family man, and a diplomat. Well done, sir.
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