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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A great American success story . . . an endearing and well-written book.”—The New York Times Book Review

Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history—Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm—but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier’s directness.

My American Journey is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell’s passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, “the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers” inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision.

Biographies & Memoirs
September 9
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Mike Sappio ,

Absolute Must Read

Excellent account of the life and career of one of the most influential military figures in the late 20th century.

Highly recommend.

Yogeei ,

An American Hero

I used this book in one of my graduate level courses. The was a very good read. I was impressed with his journey and how he became a major leader in our country as well as one of he most respected military leaders of our time, yet still remained humble throughout the journey.

Ourcobra ,

Great book

Very well done and enjoyable to read this amazing life story of a great, well accomplished General. Enjoy!