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My American Journey [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Colin L Powell , Joseph E. Persico
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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1 April 1996
The exhilarating story of a great American--from his childhood in the South Bronx to the highest military position in the United States Armed Forces--who fought for his country and for the American Dream. 4 cassettes.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House US Audio; abridged edition edition (1 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679445560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679445562
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,237,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read. 16 July 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in chunks, and could not put it down, every moment I had free, that book was in my hand. General Powell is a very admirable person, someone who defeated the odds, and have endured a lot. This book should be required reading in schools, not because of the great story, but because it shows a small part of the bureaucratic machine in Washington, and how big decisions are made. Which I found fascinating.
I loved the little stories that are shared with the reader, the stories you don't get from everyone, the little jokes and humanising character I only hear about in the news.
I could not help but notice that the last part of the book is, or seems like, very self serving, where the General explains how he was right, while the others were wrong, and how he managed to come out as the good guy. I'm not doubting the man, but it seems a bit extricated, and becomes a bit too much. Still, this is a man who deserves admiration.
At the end of the book there is a list of General Powell's Rules. I printed a copy and have it hanging in my office.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written....a must read! 4 Jun 1999
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This book is wonderfully written. You can hear Powell speaking as you read his words. I've hardly been able to put the book down.
I have enjoyed reading about the different points in his life and how perseverence and fate has shaped his career.
I also recommend this book for high schoolers of today. The book is loaded with lots of lessons and points in leadership. I think a lot of managers and adult leaders could learn quite a bit from these lessons in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Measure of a Man 27 Dec 2002
This books combines the various threads that make up the present US Secretary of State Colin Powell. It starts with a charming family history of the Jamaican Powell’s and their US Journey, and young Colin growing up in New York. He paints a nostalgic view of his College ROTC years, lamenting it’s decline in latter times. Of interest to many would be his description of his army posting in a pre-segregation South. Reading between the lines, his army career seem to consist of not upsetting his superiors and rocking the boat. This was of assistance to him during the Gulf War I, in maintaining a very diverse coliation. It’s also fascinating to see how Dick Chaney and Donald Rumsfield are mentioned in this book. I am looking forward to his follow on book detailing the Bush years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book deserves praise on so many different levels. Powell
has told a wonderful story about his life, but that's what an
autobiography is supposed to do. He has given us many of his
opinions and insights into the Washington political and military
culture, but that's what everyone expected him to do. He has
also provided us with a readable and thoroughly enjoyable
modern social history. This is what makes the book a "must read."
This book is not a dry historical text. It is nostalgic or new,
culturally, politically and militarily, depending on the reader's experiences.
For example, Powell's story of driving through the South, alone,
during the height of America's racial and civil unrest will undoubtedly
cause some readers to stop and think about related events in their
own lives. However, for younger readers the passage may be more of
an educational awakening. Either way, all readers will be touched.
The reason this book succeeds is because Powell does not only
what is necessary or expected, but what is interesting as well.
And he does it in a down-to-earth, conversational way.
This book is for anyone of any age, political party, race or occupation.
This book is for anyone who wants to learn not only about Colin
Powell and his "American Journey," but also about OUR American journey.
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Its surprising to learn some tactical points from Gen. Powell who is often refered as being political: having his ARVN troops wear flak jackets on point in Vietnam, his attention to detail while jumping with U.S. Army PATHFINDER School come to mind. His principles in the back of the book are good to post on everyone's wall and bulletin board. But readers need to be very careful about pitching Gen Powell's story as proof positive that being good will garner you success. His encounter with the bigoted CO at Fort Carson almost ruined his career had it not been for "mentors" looking over him and protecting him. There are a lot of "Colin Powells" in the military or have been in the military who when they meet this career threatening jerk-of-a-co; find noone to save them, and we lose their brilliance. We do a great dis-service to our young people when we push blind naivete' and ambition as the answers to life without telling them of the jealousies and back-stabbings that are sure to follow. Gen Powell clearly understands this because he always tries to remind everyone that the "U.S." in "U.S. Army" means US--all of us, that one person's success means everyone's success. I like Gen Powell's egalitareanism shown in the book, and I hope people who read it be like him. I wish the U.S. Army would create a required reading list for its Soldiers, place this book on that list and give their people correspondance course credit after answering questions on the book (should be some essay questions to make them think) to jump-start the professional revival we need starting from the bottom up, by all ranks not just high-brow officers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent autobiography.
This book is really good! I am in the 7th grade and think it is fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all.
This book should be mandatory reading by ALL school-aged children. A totally inspiring book.
Published on 5 Dec 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars for the reviewer to use.
I read this book not just as a member of the military assigned to the Pentagon for three years, but as someone wanting to learn more about a man I saw once a week or so (on the... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ten stars, if I could.
I do not know the origin of the military term "general" (I'll have to look that up), but considering Colin Powell, if the word is not rooted in saintly lore then it's... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Leadership
This book is a must-read for anyone who wonders how to rise through the ranks. There are numerous quotable quotes and anecdotes to inspire leaders across America.
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