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This Child Will Be Great Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 0061720127
ISBN-13: 9780061720123
Sku: 208356321
Publish Date: 4/1/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  545
Age Range:  NA
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In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-Africa's "Iron Lady"-was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation.

In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the inside story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice. This compelling tale of survival reveals Sirleaf's determination to succeed in multiple worlds: from her studies in the United States to her work as an international bank executive to her election campaigning in some of Liberia's most desperate and war-torn villages and neighborhoods. It is also the story of an outspoken political and social reformer who, despite danger, fought the oppression of dictators and championed change. By sharing her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives us all hope that, with perseverance, we can change the world.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's place in world history has already been assured, as she is the first woman ever to be elected president of an African nation--Liberia in 2006. She recounts her own amazing journey, including a disastrous marriage, her education at Harvard, her imprisonment following Samuel Doe's 1980 coup, the brutal civil war that ravaged Liberia in the 1990s, and her eventual rise to the presidency. But she is more focused on determining her nation's fate for the future, as she analyzes the divisive history of Liberia and provides unique insight as to the steps necessary to make the country, and other African nations in similar financial straits, a viable participant in the global economy.


"The first thing to be said about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's THIS CHILD WILL BE GREAT is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as it does the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman." - Alexandra Fuller 05/10/2009

"This is the incredible story of a woman who spent her life talking tough to the lunatics surrounding her. It is an accessible walk through contemporary Liberian history, told by someone who was somehow always in the center of the political storm." - Helene Cooper 05/17/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Large Print Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0545
Product attributePublisher:   Harperluxe
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