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The first elected woman president of an African country, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was also listed as one of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. This evocative memoir recounts Sirleaf ’s childhood upbringing and rise to political power in Liberia. More than a simple biography, Sirleaf ’s account details how she stood firm in the face of physical abuse early in life and carried that strength over into her career as a young economist in Samuel Doe’s regime.
©2009 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"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. I finished it hoping that the rest of Africa's troubled nations will find their own versions of 'Mama Sirleaf.'" ( The Washington Post)
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By Gary on 10-18-11

What a powerfully strong woman!

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an amazing woman who continues to provide an absolutely message by living a incredible life. She overcame such challenging situations and demonstrated the impact of following your passion and remaining steadfast to your beliefs. Outstanding listen.

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By Daniel W. Fox, Jr. on 07-15-15

What a life this woman has led!

What did you love best about This Child Will Be Great?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led an incredible life! James Bond doesn't come close! With a Master's Degree from Harvard, she left a cushy high-dollar job in America to tangle with the dictators in her home country of Liberia and ultimately become the first (freely-elected) woman head of an African state. What a story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Child Will Be Great?

When she was in a Liberian prison for defying the dictator and the guards threw a naked gang-raped girl into the cell with her. So this is what African dictatorships are like!

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