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.
"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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What a powerfully strong woman!
What a life this woman has led!
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!
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!
- Daniel W. Fox, Jr.