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

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages

In January 2006, after fourteen years of brutal civil conflict in the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa’s “Iron Lady”—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of this 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. Her compelling story is a tale of survival and the determination to succeed in multiple worlds—from her work and study in America to village-to-village election campaigning in some of Liberia’s war-torn desperate areas and neighborhoods. It is also the story of an outspoken political and social reformist who, despite danger, fought against the abuses of ruthless dictators to champion change. By sharing her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to seek leadership roles at the highest levels of power—and offers hope for everyone that, with perseverance, we can change the world.

 

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After 14 years of civil war, corruption, and economic deterioration, the people of Liberia resurrected their country's battered democracy by electing Sirleaf as Africa's first woman president. In her ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
The Beginning
10
Childhood Ends
36
America Again
70
The Tolbert Years
106
The 1980 Coup
152
Climbing the Corporate Ladder
185
The 1985 Elections
193
War Some More1997 Elections
332
Selfimposed Exile or Exile Again
358
Accra and the Transition
379
Becoming President
395
Inauguration Day
435
The First Hundred Days
444
Some Challenges Ahead
469
The Future
499

The Attempted Coup
223
Escape
251
Equator Bank and the Charles Taylor War
268
ECOMOG
302
UNDP and Rwanda
315
Inaugural Speech by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
511
Acknowledgments
541
Bibliography
543
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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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