My American Journey An Autobiography

ISBN-10: 0345466411

ISBN-13: 9780345466419

Edition: 2003

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Description: "A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY . . . AN ENDEARING AND WELL-WRITTEN BOOK." --The New York Times Book Review Colin 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 News From the Paperback edition.

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

David Vann is the author of Legend of a Suicide , which has been translated into sixteen languages, won ten prizes, and been on forty Best Books of the Year lists worldwide. Hee(tm)s also the author of the bestselling memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea and Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter , winner of the AWP Nonfiction Award. A current Guggenheim Fellow and former Stegner Fellow and NEA Fellow, he has taught at Stanford and Cornell, and is now a professor at the University of San Francisco.Colin Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in New York City and attended both the City College of New York and George Washington University and also served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Powell served in the Army during Vietnam as both a captain and a major and later became senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He joined the National Security Council and took over the Army Forces Command when he was made a four-star general. President Bush nominated Powell for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he helped plan the invasion of Panama and assisted in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Powell retired from the military and recorded his memories in his book, My American Journey. In 2012 Powell published a book about his life experiences and lessons learned entitled, It Worked for Me.

Was a contributing writer for Colin Powell's My American Journey. He also wrote Piercing the Reich, which is about the penetration of Nazi Germany by American Agents, and Nuremburg, which was made into a major television docudrama.

Preface
The Early Years
Luther and Arie's Son
A Soldier's Life for Me
Courting Alma
Soldiering
"It'll Take Half a Million Men to Succeed"
Coming Home
Back to Vietnam
White House Fellow
"Go, Gunfighter, Go!"
The Graduate School of War
The Washington Years
In the Carter Defense Department
The Reaganites--and a Close Call
The Phone Never Stops Ringing
"Frank, You're Gonna Ruin My Career"
National Security Advisor to the President
The Chairmanship
One Last Command
"Mr. Chairman, We've Got a Problem"
When You've Lost Your Best Enemy
A Line in the Sand
Every War Must End
Change of Command
Mustering Out
A Farewell to Arms
Afterword
Colin Powell's Rules
Acknowledgments
Index
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