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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen DeYoung Narrator: Roscoe Orma Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership and, according to polls, “the most trusted man in America.” From his humble origins as the son of Jamaican immigrants to the highest levels of government in four administrations, he helped guide the nation through some of its most heart-wrenching hours. Now, in the first full biography of one of the most admired men of our time, award-winning Washington Post journalist Karen DeYoung takes us from Powell’s Bronx childhood and meteoric rise through the military ranks to his formative roles in Washington’s corridors of power and his controversial tenure as secretary of state.

With dramatic new information about the inner workings of an administration locked in ideological combat, DeYoung makes clearer than ever before the decision-making process that took the nation to war and addresses the still-unanswered questions about Powell’s departure from his post shortly after the 2004 election. Drawing on interviews with U.S. and foreign sources as well as with Powell himself, and with unprecedented access to his personal and professional papers, Soldier is a revelatory portrait of an American icon: a man at once heroic and all-too-humanly fallible.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 2/1/2014

    " Colin Powell is a great American, and this is a very good telling of his story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Summers | 1/23/2014

    " Very, very good. I'm listening to the CD as I drive back and forth to work. This is the first time I've really understood Vietnam and what happened there, and other military interventions. He wasn't "political" but he definitely influenced politics and presidents. Did get a little long at the end but very much enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alen | 1/12/2014

    " Inspiring book, underlying sheep mentality, nonetheless a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kunwar | 1/5/2014

    " A good book about an interesting character. Looks not only into why Colin Powell acted the way he did in the lead up to the Iraq war, and how his reputation has been tarnished but also traces his entire career and offers tantalizing observations for his future redemption. "

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