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Publisher's Summary

 “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.

Praise for My American Journey

“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

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

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Audio book is abridged!

The audio book is not the same as the original written book. This should be noted in the description.

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Great story...

What can I say...I'm a fan and enjoy listening to General Powell's informative and inspiring recollections.

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Deeply moved and inspired

This book has moved me and inspired me to do even more with what I have as a Citizen and Soldier. Colin Powell is the embodiment of an epic American tale, and a life transformed by God.

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American wake up call!

This book was well written, I enjoyed it immensely. A great inside view of past events.

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Good Story

Tells you more of how he was as a person day-to-day versus other books which explain rules for life that can be derived from his experience.

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Awesome person, great story teller and author

fantastic account of what I experienced as a military wife during that time. must listen

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It was great!

The story telling is smooth and well composed. Insightful vantage point to our American history.

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Colin, the Great American Hero

Love it ! Great book. Colin would be a great POTUS. I'm glad I got to listen to this book.

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Short book

The other book by Powell is much better. This one is short and shares most of his journey in the army.

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Inspiration!

GEN Powell's story is a ray of lasting hope in an uncertain and uncanny time!

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Beautiful story!

beautiful story about the life of a man who.never thought he was good at anything,but ended up becoming what everyone would love to be, an accomplished person !