Written by Colin Powell
with Joseph E. Persico - Audio book narrated by Colin Powell
- Abridged Nonfiction - 4 COMPACT DISCS
- 4 hours
Publisher, Random House Audiobooks (September 2006)
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The exhilarating story of a great American--from his childhood in the South Bronx to the highest military position in the United States Armed Forces--who fought for his country and for the American Dream.
Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, 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—but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, he tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country it and family, warm good humor, and a soldier's directness.
We hear of the anxieties and missteps as well as the triumphs that marked Powell's rise to four-star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, mastermind of Desert Storm, and now Secretary of State.
Powell shares his experiences growing up, joining the ROTC, fighting in Vietnam, and working as an aide for the Carter administration. He speaks candidly about the humiliations inflicted on him as a black soldier traveling in the Deep South and the unnerving challenges he faced as a battalion commander in Korea. We witness some of the great international dramas of our time—Desert. Storm, the invasion of Panama, the Iran-Contra scandal, the climactic meetings with Gorbachev.
This is a story of political excitement and disclosure, but it is much more. It is a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. While Americans grapple over who will lead the country, General Powell's passionate beliefs in family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers," will exhilarate listeners of all political persuasions.
About the Co-Author: Joseph E. Persico is the author of biographies on Nelson Rockefeller, Edward R. Murrow, and former CIA chief William J. Casey. His most recent work is Nuremberg : Infamy on Trial.