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My American Journey: An Autobiography | [Colin Powell]

My American Journey: An Autobiography

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 - including Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, and Desert Storm - but a history that until now has been known only on the surface.
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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 - including Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, and 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.

©2006 Colin Powell; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Eloquent." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A great American success story...an endearing and well-written book." (The New York Times Book Review)
"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) "Profound and moving....Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America." (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)

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    Cynthia Pearland, TX, USA 09-09-07
    Cynthia Pearland, TX, USA 09-09-07
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    "Impressive"

    Enjoyed hearing Colin Powell himself tell his life story. He told it like it was - no fluff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Southern California 02-27-13
    Lauren Southern California 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice, quick read if you're interested in Colin."

    There were things I wanted to know about Colin as a man who is black in America, high ranking in the military and associated with the Republican party. I have a greater understanding of who he is. It's probably as in depth as any speech he would given to a lecture hall full of students so it's nice and it does the job if you're interested in who he is, it opens your eyes to how he came to love the military, the media's effect on perception of military engagements and what exactly it is that this guy does as he scales the ladder of the military career. It also mentions his view on running for President. I won't spoiler alert that. But you could also skip this read. By no means is this a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth IRVINE, CA, United States 07-03-12
    Kenneth IRVINE, CA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A true leader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My American Journey to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare My American Journey to and why?

    This was an Autobiography. I have read several other autobiographies and enjoyed them all.


    What does Colin Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You fell you are hearing a live lecture of a great man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Stanley, VA, United States 06-26-12
    Sara Stanley, VA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story"
    If you could sum up My American Journey in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, engaging, revealing


    What does Colin Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing Colin Powell's voice makes the story more personal


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Growing up in America: how the boy next door ended up advising Presidents of the United States


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Wichita, KS, United States 06-19-12
    Duane Wichita, KS, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I injoyed the book However"
    What did you love best about My American Journey?

    The book was very informational however i wasnt that gripping.


    If you’ve listened to books by Colin Powell before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't but i will


    Have you listened to any of Colin Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but i will


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no never the end i only read the book to get to the end


    Any additional comments?

    if you are researching his life this is the book for you with out a doubt however if your look for action turn to "Act of Valor Or Seal Team Six "because this book isn't for you

    Over all i still found in enjoyment in the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2010

    My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

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    "Wow!"

    I loved it! General Powell had me in tears from the get go. His story is very moving and inspirational. If you have not gotten a chance to listen to it, please do. It's an abridged version, and it's roughtly 3 hours long, but, man, is it worth the time.

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    Patricia Grand Prairie, TX, USA 09-19-09
    Patricia Grand Prairie, TX, USA 09-19-09
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    "Awesome"

    This was an excellent read. I really enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 12-22-08
    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 12-22-08
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    "Interesting Insights and Worth Reading"

    I've always liked General Powell. I also think the book was worth reading and will probably read again. Interesting insights into what was happening during crucial parts in our recent American history.

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    Lachiana Hamilton 02-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "An Amazing Life Story"

    Gen Powell has lived an amazing inspirational life, which is an icon for all. Additionally, his book is a great source of military and political history.

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    Devon Watervliet, NY, United States 05-24-09
    Devon Watervliet, NY, United States 05-24-09 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "no chapters"

    If you want to listen to this book dont listen to Obamas first, as a narrator we were suprise to hear how mild manner Mr Powell is. We thought General , deep voice. What suprised me about this book is how matter of fact he was . He would talk about his career and then stick something about his family in there or vice versua . I had to go back sometime to get what or who he was referring to. I listened to Obama book first and he has a great voice but he has not lived a great life yet. General Colin Powell has.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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