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I have always admired Colin Powell. I have a liking for the element of military discipline which cuts throught nonsense and gets to the point and have always felt that Colin Powell embodies this. Except for the fact that he pronounces his name wrong. Although he does make a reasonable excuse for that somewhere in the last quarter of the book.
The rest of the book is probably fairly predicatble in its content but worthwhile for all that. There are nuggets in here which translate into other aspects of life but the bias is, as expected, to see things from the perspective of a military background. Its not about fighting but it is about winning if that makes any sense.
I'm delighted that Powell does his own narration and the last few minutes where he does a bit about recording the audiobook are an absolute delight. It feels like this is a really clever guy chatting about something he has just done that has got him a bit excited - absolute audio gold.
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I don't really like his politics or what he seems to represent in terms of the Bush administration but he is clearly an incredible man, an incredible leader and a brilliant role model. This is an inspirational and uplifting book from someone who has really done a lot in life and got there through hard work and decency. Highly recommended.
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Great book to listen to. Powell is inspirational with his high energy and strong attitude. He is very honest about a lot of things, for example that his success is partly the result of a good portion of luck. He also worked hard and was perhaps also a favorite for government jobs for his loyalty and execution. Clearly he is however not the most intelligent person ever, in fact rather naive and gullible in many ways. Perhaps that‘s why he was picked so often for positions by the Presidents and others.
A must-read for all people in leader posts. And for everyone else for that matter.