This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

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This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

Format:  Paperback,

353 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2010

ISBN-13: 9780061353482

ISBN-10: 0061353485

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In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf--Africa's "Iron Lady"--was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation.

In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice. She reveals her determination to succeed in multiple worlds, from her studies in the United States to her work as an international bank executive, to campaigning in some of Liberia's most desperate and war-torn villages and neighborhoods. It is the tale of an outspoken political and social reformer who fought the oppression of dictators and championed change. By telling her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives us all hope that we can change the world.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2010
ISBN-13: 9780061353482
ISBN-10: 0061353485
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 353
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.62
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 7.75 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780061353482

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Review by Library Journal (2009-03-01)

After 14 years of civil war, corruption, and economic deterioration, the people of Liberia resurrected their country's battered democracy by electing Sirleaf as Africa's first woman president. In her 2006 inaugural address, Sirleaf made a promise to her people: "We are making our beloved Liberia home once again". In this memoir, the woman known to her compatriots as "Ma Ellen" shows how her life is entwined with her country's story.

She vividly describes her educational awakening after escaping an abusive marriage and subsequently being separated from her children. Her education transformed her into a successful, self-sufficient woman able to move from Harvard to the Liberian finance ministry, Citicorp, and the UN. Yet central to her own story is the political situation in her homeland, as a class-stratified society made way for the Samuel Doe military coup and the brutal civil war waged by Charles Taylor. Liberia's "Iron Lady" raised her voice in defiance of violence and corruption and ultimately transformed the government. Her autobiography is a testament to the remarkable impact of ambition when it is used for public good. Highly recommended.

-Veronica Arellano, Univ. of Houston Libs.

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

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In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation.

In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice. She reveals her determination to succeed in multiple worlds, from her studies in the United States to her work as an international bank executive, to campaigning in some of Liberia's most desperate and war-torn villages and neighborhoods.

It is the tale of an outspoken political and social reformer who fought the oppression of dictators and championed change. By telling her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives us all hope that we can change the world.

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