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Publisher's Summary

Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero, a beacon of wise leadership, and, according to polls, "the most trusted man in America". From his humble origins as the son of Jamaican immigrants, to the highest levels of government in four administrations, he helped guide the nation through some of its most heart-wrenching hours. Now, in the first full biography of one of the most admired men of our time, award-winning Washington Post journalist Karen DeYoung takes us from Powell's Bronx childhood and meteoric rise through the military ranks to his formative roles in Washington's corridors of power and his controversial tenure as secretary of state. With dramatic new information about the inner workings of an administration locked in ideological combat, DeYoung makes clearer than ever before the decision-making process that took the nation to war and addresses the still-unanswered questions about Powell's departure from his post shortly after the 2004 election. Drawing on interviews with U.S. and foreign sources, as well as with Powell himself, and with unprecedented access to his personal and professional papers, Soldier is a revelatory portrait of an American icon, a man at once heroic and all-too-humanly fallible.
Photograph ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Corbis Outine
©2006 Karen Deyoung (P)2006 Books on Tape
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"DeYoung paints a favorable but balanced portrait of Powell, and she avoids using him as an instrument for Bush-bashing. Powell emerges from her account as a person who grew to meet his wider responsibilities." (Publishers Weekly)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Naji R. Constantine on 04-14-16

The problem with slinging mud....

What would have made Soldier better?

The author transferred her ideology onto that of the subject of the book. at one point I couldn't believe what I was hearing and went to check to see if this was an authorized biography, to my relief, I found that it is not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen DeYoung again?

Absolutely not. by slanting this book to this degree, she lost all credibility in my opinion.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was adequate and professional. If anything, it was impacted negatively by the substance of the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the Narration and production qualities were fine, the ending at least gave dignity to Powel.

Any additional comments?

We all have working and personality differences with some of our co-workers. In her effort to paint Powel as excellent, she actually diminished his stature by using her book to take shots at everyone in the administration, and I mean everyone!!! To the un-informed reader, it paints every person that gave Powel an opportunity as hapless, evil, racist or all of the above. Carter was overshadowed by Powel in Haiti, Reagan was Racist, HW was Racist too, Cheney was Evil, W engaged in tokenism by having him and Condi as two of the four most powerful cabinet secretaries in the country. According to the author, the only person he liked was Clinton, and Clinton did little or nothing for Powel. I have read the books of most of the principals of that period and none were as harsh on Powel as this books seems to be on them. The impression left about Condi as "an out of her depth" national security advisor was particularly troubling. I admire Powel a great deal and agree with him politically more than most. This book does him no favors. It portrays him as petty, ungrateful, unprincipled and self-centered. It almost seemed that he could work with our enemies and adversaries just fine but not with his own team. While Racism is alive and well in this country, I believe that most Americans are ready, even hungry for African American leadership. Powel was a great example of such leadership, The Author managed to paint a huge race chip on his shoulder that I don't think is really there.I still hold Powel in high regard, but the charge that he trusted the media to his own detriment, seems to be accurate.Truly disappointing.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rami on 01-16-13

Nice, informative, entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. it is very informative. Interesting. Gives a perspective to anyone following the US policy in the world.

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

Yes she was clear, emotional and loud.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Soldier of a nation.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Vincent on 01-08-15

Powell.. An inspiration for us all

A great story about a human leader and a "mans man" a person that I would be proud to follow on just about any cause.

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