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on 25 January 2010
I was inspired to buy this book after seeing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appear in a fascinating interview on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. In the book Sirleaf talks openly and frankly about both her own personal life experiences, recounting tales from her humble background to her privileged education in the United States and is not afraid to make bold statements or admit to instances where she feels she made an incorrect decision.

The work naturally centres on the harrowing events of Liberia's bloody civil war which lasted for many years, during which time she was imprisoned, and the subsequent brave role she played in bringing peace to the nation, eventually being voted in as President. Inevitably there are many tragic stories along the way, however, while not detracting from the grim realities facing Africa's first woman president the account remains both positive about the future and genuinely uplifting. If the term 'remarkable' is over-used then it certainly isn't in this instance, Sirleaf offers a real hope that this century will be kinder to her nation and to Africa. This is unlike any other political (auto)biography I have ever read and through this extraordinary woman offers a fascinating and honest view into a country and continent which we, perhaps to our detriment, know so little about.
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on 30 August 2013
Inspirational memoir about an outspoken, passionate and tolerant woman achieving extraordinary heights personally and for a nation of people. Eloquently written while clear and readable to even the non-political reader.
A highly recommended read.
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on 3 January 2013
Very interesting read for those curious about African history and how this one woman has impacted African politics and the direction of this small country, Liberia.
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on 16 December 2013
This is a remarkable memoir from an equally remarkable woman.She put the interest of her beloved country first, before her own interest.
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on 22 October 2014
A phenomenal woman! Fantastic insight to the tenacity and resiliant African soul.

I loved this book! A great read!
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on 29 December 2014
Book received in new condition, well written account of EJ Sirleaf. Extremely courageous woman who survived in very difficult situations and conditions of her country. Well worth reading to give every woman who want to a change for the better.
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on 21 May 2015
Great book. Through words, you are able up see the heart, humanity of a leader. Also, lenses that she sees the world. Thoroughly insightful to me.
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on 28 May 2015
The language , the style of writing , the reselling of events ... So on point.
Really enjoyed reading this book
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