This Child Will Be Great
Memoir of A Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman PresidentBook - 2009
Africa's first elected woman president shares an uplifting account of her improbable rise to prominence after a childhood marked by abuse and exile in a memoir that also relates her efforts on behalf of humanitarian rights and her hopes for rebuilding civil war-torn Liberia.
“The first thing to be said about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great is that it is exceptionally well written, a true story that seems as much a thriller as the remembrances of an ambitious and brave woman. . . . 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.”
From Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa’s first elected female president—comes an inspirational memoir about her improbable rise to international prominence, her fight for political freedom, and her unwavering determination to rebuild Liberia in the wake of civil war.
In January 2006, after 14 years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's "Iron Lady," was sworn in as president of the Republic of Liberia. In this memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, from her early childhood to her studies in the US, her work as an international bank executive, her imprisonment and exile, and her fight for democracy and social justice. By sharing her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives hope that, with perseverance, we can change the world. An appendix provides her inaugural speech. Unfortunately, there are no photos. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Africa's first elected woman president shares an uplifting account about her improbable rise to prominence after a childhood marked by abuse and exile in a memoir that also relates her efforts on behalf of humanitarian rights and her hopes for rebuilding civil war-torn Liberia.