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

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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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.

  

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Review: This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

User Review  - Camilla - Goodreads

This book provided great insight into the history of Liberia and the sadness that is Africa - a great continent still struggling and suffering with corruption and greed. Sirleaf's commitment to her ... Read full review

Review: This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

User Review  - Jackie Kehl - Goodreads

An amazing, strong woman tells the story of her life in Liberia as the country descends into turmoil, war and terror and her efforts to change the situation and eventually become President of Liberia ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
The Beginning 7
Childhood Ends 23
America Again 43
The Tolbert Years 65
The 1980 Coup 93
Climbing the Corporate Ladder 113
The 1985 Elections 119
The Attempted Coup 137
Escape 155
Equator Bank and the Charles Taylor War 165
ECOMOG 187
UNDP and Rwanda 195
The Future 309
Acknowledgments 335
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About the author (2009)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received several prestigious awards, including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom. She holds numerous degrees, among them a master's in public administration from Harvard University. President Sirleaf lives in Monrovia, Liberia.

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