General Colin Powell
The story of Colin Powell is the classic American story, or at least, it's what we
like to think the classic American story should be. The son of hard-working
Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem, grew up in the racially integrated South
Bronx, attended the City College of New York, joined the R.O.T.C. and discovered his
passion for things military. After stints in Korea, Vietnam and Germany he
made his most important marks in the Pentagon bureaucracy, cultivating civilian and
military contacts and advancing above his colleagues on an express ride through the
As the ultimate insider, Powell is coveted by both political parties, but questions his
own ability to switch from military hero to politician.
My American Journey
by Colin Powell, Joseph Persico
General Powell may have
undertaken this book as a form of paid political test marketing, but it turns out to be a
success of an altogether different kind. We don't learn from this book if
Powell is presidential material, but his recounting of the various steps of his career
give us an unrivalled view of the ins and outs of military bureaucracy and shows how the
modern American military, with its consistent emphasis on can-do attitudes and actual
results, is a much more congenial place for realising one's talents than our
still-alarmingly pigeonholing general society.
New York Times, Ronald Steel
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 Powel'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.
You may be looking for the famous generals of the US civil
war, the hunt for Osama bin
Laden, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis
Vietnam or the Second World War, weapons through the
ages, US Military
Regulation Dress Swords, Medieval
Swords, costumes and uniforms,
Napoleon Bonaparte, the French
Revolution, Masonic Pope
Royal Regalia or GI Joe.
Australian Order of Precedence
Missile Crisis in Cuba - President John F. Kennedy - Bay of Pigs