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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin L. Powell, Joseph E. Persico Narrator: Colin L. Powell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739342398
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One of the most prominent figures in American public life, General Colin L. Powell served as the twelfth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under both President George Bush and President Bill Clinton. He was a major architect of Desert Storm, the dramatic Allied success in the forty-three-day Gulf War, which began in January 1991.

General Powell was born in New York City in 1937 and raised in the South Bronx by his parents, who had immigrated to America from Jamaica. He came up through the New York City public school system and received a commission as an army second lieutenant upon graduation from the City College of New York in 1958.

Early in his career, General Powell was stationed in Germany and in a number of posts in the United States, and served two tours in Vietnam, 1962-1963 and 1968-1969. He was also a battalion commander in Korea from 1973 to 1974 and later commanded the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and V Corps in Germany.

General Powell was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor by President Ronald Reagan in January 1987 and in December 1987 became National Security Advisor, a post he held until January 1989. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1989 until his retirement on September 30, 1993.

General Powell has received numerous U.S. military awards and decorations, as well as civilian awards honoring his public service, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he was awarded twice. He has also been decorated by the governments of Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, and received an honorary knighthood (Knight Commanders of Bath) from the Queen of England. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorrit | 2/24/2011

    " Fascinating inside view of modern American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/19/2011

    " Inspiring. What a true American Success story. He is a truly great human being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/9/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book and the perspective it gave me on both the Korean and Vietnam wars. I found Colin Powell's history to be intriguing, and I have a lot of respect for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 8/10/2010

    " I never thought I would find so much knowledge/wisdom that would be applicable by my life in a book written by a career military person, but I did. I HIGHLY recommend this book - I found it very inspiring. If he's half the person he appears to be in this book, he's a fine person indeed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/27/2010

    " I have great respect for Colin Powell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/24/2010

    " A great book about Gen. Powell and his life experiences. I believe this book is a great biography and also quite a superb military and political insight into the America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 2/18/2010

    " Actually, I cheated. I listened to this on tape read by the author. It was really very good. What a remarkable fellow! I respected his quiet mannerism and subtle wisdom as a leader, but having listen to this autobiography I respect him even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelle | 2/1/2010

    " I absolutely love this book. I read it and re-read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 11/22/2009

    " It had some interesting infomraiton about his poitical and public life but I would hav eenjoyed more about his more personal life. "

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About the Author

Colin L. Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army.