The rest is history - but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. We follow him as a green young lieutenant on his first foreign posting in Germany, where his ascent is nearly aborted by a blunder on the day he is assigned to guard an atomic cannon.
His comment encapsulates much that has been wrong about the American policy: It is consider as a place where people with nowhere to go come or for others it is the last resort.
Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America. Aside to that, here is the most important thing I would like to argue: He was no war hero "no" becoming an acceptable wrong usage ,almost killed the correct "not"!
This school has since closed. We must continually reassess the relationship between our objectives and forces we have committed. The reader is repeatedly told that we should have clearly defined aims before committing American soldiers to combat, and also that any use of force should be decisive.
He also had a delusion about how heroic and successful he was. OMG, National Guardof all places! Then he joined the Army.
We see Powell growing up, getting into mischief, going to church with his father, working in a bottling plant, joining the ROTC. Who can blame him? During these events, Powell earned his nickname, "the reluctant warrior.
An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision. See my "Inchon in the Desert" in the Summer issue of this journal. The book details his early army career, and his postings abroad and at the Pentagon as he rose through the ranks.
His obedience was amazing! Powell was injured by a "punji stick" boobytrap and exited Vietnam, but not before being persuaded even then that the war was unwinnable without a very large American army.
Gettysfrom the burning wreckage. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. As a military strategistPowell advocated an approach to military conflicts that maximizes the potential for success and minimizes casualties.
This is a book of political excitement and disclosure, but it is much more. The Wall Street Journal. His parents were both of mixed African and Scottish ancestry.
He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. A man of decent instincts unlikely to shake up anything, he comes to us as Eisenhower reborn Although he is proud of his heritage, Powell insists that he be judged as an American first, not a member of a racial subgroup.
While almost all reviewers, mostly Westerners gave it a very good to good rating, being an Easterner I am going to give it a C minus! It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America.
We go on patrol with him into the jungles of Vietnam, where he is wounded, and then, in the first surprise turn of his career, into the every-bit-as-dangerous thickets of Washington bureaucracy as a Pentagon aide in the Carter administration.
We see how he handled the humiliations inflicted on him as a black soldier traveling in the Deep South and the unnerving challenges he faced as a battalion commander in Korea, where the army guarding the border with North Korea was plagued by drugs, drinking, a lack of discipline, and racial tension.
Those searching for penetrating insight or introspection will likewise find it disappointing Martin Luther King Jr.! XLII, November 2,p. He is quick to acknowledge the powerful positive influence of his parents, his military comrades and superiors, and especially his military mentors in shaping his values.
But Saddam and the Baathists were left in power, the Shia rose up in a few weeks, having been encouraged to do so by Saudi and American radio broadcasts, and many were killed by the Republican Guards whom we had allowed to escape.
Powell is in favor of doing so, and one can--insistently--agree. OR click on an issue category below for a subset. Powell returned to Vietnam as a major inserving in the 23rd Infantry Divisionthen as assistant chief of staff of operations for the Americal Division.The New York Times Book Review Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream.
He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. My American Journey is a book well worth reading. Comment Report abuse. John M. Ford.
out of 5 stars "Leadership is Solving Problems" July 12, /5(). Colin Powell My American Journey User Review - Colonelsdaughter - Borders. This is a great read. Although it is long, it is easy to keep up a good pace because it is so interesting and Colin Powell's personal style really comes through.4/5(3).
Whether you are a political junkie, a military buff, or just interested in a good story, MY AMERICAN JOURNEY is a book well worth reading." --San Diego Union Tribune "Colin Powell's candid, introspective autobiography is a joy for all with an appetite for well-written political and social commentary."/5(2).
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Powell, Joseph E. Persico My American Journey is a book well worth reading. He had the latest weather report in hand, he said, and bad weather was predicted for the 24th and 25th, maybe clearing on the 26th. Bad weather equaled reduced air support, which equaled higher casualties/5(51).
Following his military retirement, Powell wrote his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey. In addition, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad. A report by the Iraq Survey Group concluded that the evidence that Powell offered to support the quotation was used.
Nov 07, · My American Journey Critical Essays no African American has achieved greater fame and admiration among wide segments of the American public than Colin Powell. The New York Times Book.Download