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

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"The 2006 election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia's first woman president — the first in all of Africa! — is one of the few uncontested bright spots in the turbulent recent history of that country....Becoming president in postwar Liberia was pure euphoria, she says, the most she could hope for. At the same time, 'Despair and resignation stared many of our citizens in the face,' she writes. 'All of this was as true on inauguration day as it had been the day before and as it would be the day after.'" Erin Aubry Kaplan, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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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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"Forbes lists Sirleaf, the 23rd president of Liberia and the first elected female president on the African continent, among the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008. In and out of government, in and out of exile, but consistent in her commitment to Liberia, Sirleaf in her memoir reveals herself to be among the most resilient, determined and courageous as well. She writes with modesty in a calm and measured tone. While her account includes a happy childhood and an unhappy marriage, the book is politically, not personally, focused as she (and Liberia) go through the disastrous presidencies of Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor. Sirleaf's training as an economist and her employment (e.g., in banking, as minister of finance in Liberia, and in U.N. development programs) informs the perspective from which she views internal Liberian history (e.g., the tensions between the 'settler class' and the indigenous people) and Liberia's international relations. Although her focus is thoroughly on Liberia, the content is more widely instructive, particularly her account of the role of the Economic Community of West African States." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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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. The narrative begins in the late 1930s and early 1940s, in the ramshackle town of Monrovia, Liberia, with young Ellen and her family living in a "two-story concrete structure... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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In January 2006, after 14 years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's "Iron Lady," was sworn in as president of the Republic of Liberia. In this memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, from her early childhood to her studies in the US, her work as an international bank executive, her imprisonment and exile, and her fight for democracy and social justice. By sharing her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives hope that, with perseverance, we can change the world. An appendix provides her inaugural speech. Unfortunately, there are no photos. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

“The first thing to be said about Ellen Johnson Sirleafs This Child Will Be Great is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman. . . . This timely book, essential for anyone who hopes to understand West Africa in general and Liberia in particular, is a lesson in courage and perseverance.”
—Washington Post

From Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africas first elected female president—comes an inspirational memoir about her improbable rise to international prominence, her fight for political freedom, and her unwavering determination to rebuild Liberia in the wake of civil war.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061353475
Subtitle:
Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
Author:
Sirleaf, Ellen Johns
Author:
Sirleaf, Ellen Johnson
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Presidents - Liberia
Subject:
Johnson-Sirleaf, Ellen
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090407
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in 4.56 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Forbes lists Sirleaf, the 23rd president of Liberia and the first elected female president on the African continent, among the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008. In and out of government, in and out of exile, but consistent in her commitment to Liberia, Sirleaf in her memoir reveals herself to be among the most resilient, determined and courageous as well. She writes with modesty in a calm and measured tone. While her account includes a happy childhood and an unhappy marriage, the book is politically, not personally, focused as she (and Liberia) go through the disastrous presidencies of Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor. Sirleaf's training as an economist and her employment (e.g., in banking, as minister of finance in Liberia, and in U.N. development programs) informs the perspective from which she views internal Liberian history (e.g., the tensions between the 'settler class' and the indigenous people) and Liberia's international relations. Although her focus is thoroughly on Liberia, the content is more widely instructive, particularly her account of the role of the Economic Community of West African States." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "The 2006 election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia's first woman president — the first in all of Africa! — is one of the few uncontested bright spots in the turbulent recent history of that country....Becoming president in postwar Liberia was pure euphoria, she says, the most she could hope for. At the same time, 'Despair and resignation stared many of our citizens in the face,' she writes. 'All of this was as true on inauguration day as it had been the day before and as it would be the day after.'" (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Synopsis" by , “The first thing to be said about Ellen Johnson Sirleafs This Child Will Be Great is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman. . . . This timely book, essential for anyone who hopes to understand West Africa in general and Liberia in particular, is a lesson in courage and perseverance.”
—Washington Post

From Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africas first elected female president—comes an inspirational memoir about her improbable rise to international prominence, her fight for political freedom, and her unwavering determination to rebuild Liberia in the wake of civil war.

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