Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

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Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

Format:  Paperback,

612 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2007

ISBN-13: 9781400075645

ISBN-10: 1400075645

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The first full biography of Colin Powell, from his Bronx childhood to his military career to his controversial tenure as secretary of state, with a new afterword detailing his life after the Bush White House.
Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership and one of the most trusted political figures in America. In "Soldier," the award-winning "Washington Post" editor Karen DeYoung takes us from Powell's humble roots as the son of Jamaican immigrants to his meteoric rise through the military ranks during the Cold War and Desert Storm to his agonizing deliberations over whether to run for president. Culminating in his stint as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration and his role in making the case for war with Iraq, this is a sympathetic but objective portrait of a great but fallible man.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 9781400075645
ISBN-10: 1400075645
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 612
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 9781400075645

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Review by Library Journal (2007-06-15)

In a timely and fascinating biography, journalist DeYoung details the life of former Secretary of State Powell. Born to Jamaican parents and raised in the Bronx, NY, Powell has led a life that reads like a history lesson, rich in experiences that include such milestones as the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. He found structure, comfort, and his niche in the military, which he transformed into an admirable and distinguished career.

DeYoung's swift and detailed narrative gives the listener insight into Powell's family life, his military career, and his profound sense of honor, which ultimately could not salve the events that occurred during his tenure as Secretary of State. Read by Coleen Marlo, this book is recommended for all public and academic library collections, especially those devoted to history, biography, and African American studies.

-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2006-10-15)

This first major biography of Powell presents the inspiring story of the son of Jamaican immigrants and his rapid rise through the army ranks, vital service as President Reagan's national security advisor, and appointment by President George H.W. Bush as the first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the youngest ever. DeYoung (as soc. editor, the Washington Post), cow inner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the Post's coverage of the war on terror, uses six lengthy interviews with Powell, as well as interviews with military officers, government officials, and family members, in her deft portrait of Powell's many accomplishments and more recent conflicts when he served as President George W. Bush's secretary of state.

DeYoung is at her best when she describes Powell's clashes with Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and others who prodded Powell to resign during Bush's first term which this dutiful soldier refused to do, instead deciding not to stay on for Bush's second term. The author concludes that Powell was the only senior official of the Bush administration who tried to slow the invasion of Iraq and who would not excuse or condone prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guant name. Compulsively readable, this book is sure to be in great demand at public libraries; highly recommended.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/06.] - Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The first full biography of Colin Powell, from his Bronx childhood to his military career to his controversial tenure as secretary of state, with a new afterword detailing his life after the Bush White House.

Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership and one of the most trusted political figures in America. In Soldier, the award-winning Washington Post editor Karen DeYoung takes us from Powell’s humble roots as the son of Jamaican immigrants to his meteoric rise through the military ranks during the Cold War and Desert Storm to his agonizing deliberations over whether to run for president. Culminating in his stint as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration and his role in making the case for war with Iraq, this is a sympathetic but objective portrait of a great but fallible man.

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