With dramatic new information about the inner workings of an administration locked in ideological combat, DeYoung makes clearer than ever before the decision-making process that took the nation to war and addresses the still-unanswered questions about Powell's departure from his post shortly after the 2004 election. Drawing on interviews with U.S. and foreign sources, as well as with Powell himself, and with unprecedented access to his personal and professional papers, Soldier is a revelatory portrait of an American icon, a man at once heroic and all-too-humanly fallible.
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©2006 Karen Deyoung; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"DeYoung paints a favorable but balanced portrait of Powell, and she avoids using him as an instrument for Bush-bashing. Powell emerges from her account as a person who grew to meet his wider responsibilities." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Nice, informative, entertaining"
yes. it is very informative. Interesting. Gives a perspective to anyone following the US policy in the world.
Yes she was clear, emotional and loud.
Soldier of a nation.
"Very Interesting Book"
I loved this book. It wasn't too long or boring at all. Tons of great info and back stories. The narration was wonderful. I highly recommend this book.
"Good but too long"
This is a good book but could have been GREAT if it were not caught up in minutiae. One never wants a good book to end but the unabridged version of this book was excruciating to get through. The first part is enjoyable and informative but once the narrative gets to the point of Bush's first election, it is mired in too much detail. On the positive side, it paints an illuminating picture of Powell's experiences in government service and how his personality and background shaped his vision and actions. For those wanting the gist of the story, I suggest the abridged version, although I have not listened to it and generally loathe abridgements.
This book is a wonderful lesson in history and what it takes to make a General in the military. Although I found it interesting, I was disappointed in the fact that there is no emotion to speak of. His children and family seem like they are in a back closet somewhere and not even a part of his life. His experience dealing with Bush and Rumsfield was particularly interesting to me.
"The problem with slinging mud...."
The author transferred her ideology onto that of the subject of the book. at one point I couldn't believe what I was hearing and went to check to see if this was an authorized biography, to my relief, I found that it is not.
Absolutely not. by slanting this book to this degree, she lost all credibility in my opinion.
The narration was adequate and professional. If anything, it was impacted negatively by the substance of the book.
the Narration and production qualities were fine, the ending at least gave dignity to Powel.
We all have working and personality differences with some of our co-workers. In her effort to paint Powel as excellent, she actually diminished his stature by using her book to take shots at everyone in the administration, and I mean everyone!!! To the un-informed reader, it paints every person that gave Powel an opportunity as hapless, evil, racist or all of the above. Carter was overshadowed by Powel in Haiti, Reagan was Racist, HW was Racist too, Cheney was Evil, W engaged in tokenism by having him and Condi as two of the four most powerful cabinet secretaries in the country. According to the author, the only person he liked was Clinton, and Clinton did little or nothing for Powel. I have read the books of most of the principals of that period and none were as harsh on Powel as this books seems to be on them. The impression left about Condi as "an out of her depth" national security advisor was particularly troubling. I admire Powel a great deal and agree with him politically more than most. This book does him no favors. It portrays him as petty, ungrateful, unprincipled and self-centered. It almost seemed that he could work with our enemies and adversaries just fine but not with his own team. While Racism is alive and well in this country, I believe that most Americans are ready, even hungry for African American leadership. Powel was a great example of such leadership, The Author managed to paint a huge race chip on his shoulder that I don't think is really there.I still hold Powel in high regard, but the charge that he trusted the media to his own detriment, seems to be accurate.Truly disappointing.
Balanced and informative
I can think of no book that is a fair comparison to this book.
The narration was good.
I wouldn't base a film on this book.
It is a well written and balanced biography. I recommend it to anyone interested in knowing more about Secretary Powell.
"A great read onthe life of General Colin Powell"
Finally read the book on audible.com and after a while just couldn't put the book (in my case android phone) down. The book goes into the life of Colin Powell and what he went through in every part of his life. But the book went through his 4 years as secretary of state and gives the reader a good understanding to the thinking of the secretary of state during the Bush years.
When I put together the dots I see many patterns of not only senior members in the Bush administration but of Powell himself. The title is a good one because General Powell served as a soldier and it explains the why's of what he did and what he didn't do.
His credibility was never in question to me but the book, if people listen to it, gives credibility back to those who may have felt betrayed by the actions of the General during the Bush years.
The book is a complete excerpt of his life and very well balanced and give the book the maximum number of stars overall for outstanding (excuse me superior) performance.
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