Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £18.29

Buy Now for £18.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

 “A great American success story...an endearing and well-written book.” (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. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history - Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm - but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier's directness.  

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 Powell'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.

Praise for My American Journey

“The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man's journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces... Fascinating.” (The Washington Post Book World)

“Eloquent.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

“Profound and moving... Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America.” (Jack Kemp, The Wall Street Journal)

“A book that is much like its subject - articulate, confident, impressive, but unpretentious and witty.... 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.” (The Detroit News

©2006 Colin Powell (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

More from the same

What listeners say about My American Journey

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Beautiful story!

beautiful story about the life of a man who.never thought he was good at anything,but ended up becoming what everyone would love to be, an accomplished person !

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lydia
  • Lydia
  • 11-02-21

Audio book is abridged!

The audio book is not the same as the original written book. This should be noted in the description.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Cynthia
  • Cynthia
  • 09-09-07

Impressive

Enjoyed hearing Colin Powell himself tell his life story. He told it like it was - no fluff.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for HappyHeathen
  • HappyHeathen
  • 11-11-19

Great story...

What can I say...I'm a fan and enjoy listening to General Powell's informative and inspiring recollections.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-18

Deeply moved and inspired

This book has moved me and inspired me to do even more with what I have as a Citizen and Soldier. Colin Powell is the embodiment of an epic American tale, and a life transformed by God.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Marvin Martin
  • Marvin Martin
  • 29-11-21

CP is an American GEM

While I am NOT a fan of authors reading, I am glad that Gen. Powell read his own book. The audible becomes a memorial to him-a voice archive. While of course he put his political/ military choices in the best light, his is a voice of reasonableness, and decency. His love for his country, and its people and his profession and his comrades shines through in every passage. He is a true American success story and an icon. The book does not cover the Afghan war or the 2nd Iraq war, a time period during which his reputation became somewhat tarnished. Given the controversies involved, I would have like to hear his thoughts about that difficult period. Still, while his conduct during this more recent period may display excessive loyalty it does not in my opinion diminish his status as an American role model and hero. This is a book to be savored and treasured.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-21

This is a true American success story.

I loved Colin Powell's narration of his life. I highly recommend it. Educational, historic, poignant.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Robert E. Buhts
  • Robert E. Buhts
  • 11-11-21

Excellent book.

General Powell’s wisdom, courage and counsel is much needed today. Definitely recommend reading or listening.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Glenn N.
  • Glenn N.
  • 11-11-21

A Great American Life

I’ve always greatly admired Colin Powell, so I have no idea why I waited until after his death to take this book. My only complaint is that I felt it could’ve been longer, more detailed. His life was certainly worthy of a few more chapters. His focus, dedication and emotional intelligence took him to the top in his field, in lightning speed. Today more than ever, the world needs more people like him.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ray
  • Ray
  • 10-11-21

A True American

What a wonderful and fulfilled life he had. Colin Powell is truly an American hero and success story. A light in a blurry world. A must read.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-11-21

A great leader

This is a story of a great man and leader who sent his life serving and and helping his fellow men, his country, and his family. Colin will be missed.