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This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President Paperback – April 13, 2010
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Those who found the Liberian civil conflict from 1989-2003 confusing and confounding will also find that this book provides illuminating insights about what happened and why. More importantly, President Sirleaf offers guidance through example and commentary about how to move beyond political and social conflict to peace, reconciliation, development, and, ultimately, prosperity. President Sirleaf's gift is the ability to look at the big picture and hone in on how people with fundamental disagreements and historical animosities can be harmonized and coordinated into a thriving open society that cultivates dissent under the banner of democratic process. The words "visionary pragmatism" (see Stanlie M. James and Abena P.A. Busia's academic book, Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women) come to mind.
Despite the challenges that President Sirleaf, and indeed Liberia, still face, we observe in this book a vision, a plan, sound strategy, and dogged determination in action.Read more ›
President Sirleaf's absolutely riveting memoir clearly explains how and why Liberia imploded in 1980. She gives us an unvarnished look at Liberia's founding in 1822 by freed American slaves, carries us through the superficially peaceful Tubman years, and explains how her country's history and American ties led to the horror of 14 years of total anarchy. She ends her story with hope, pride, and plans for both Liberia and Africa.
Her personal story is a strong, honest and inspirational narrative. From an abused teenage wife to a United Nations assistant secretary general, from living in exile to being elected president, she has lived an amazing life and she tells the story well.
My family lived in a mining town in the Liberian bush from 1964-1972. We knew many of the problems that the country faced, and we had fears for its survival. President Sirleaf's memoir makes me want to return to help rebuild this remarkable country.
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A look into the life and heart of a remarkable woman, and through her eyes the struggles of a country that has dealt with unimaginable pain and challenge.Published 3 months ago by Simeon
Good for history, but still reads tainted by her seemingly need to defend herself against her critics of what she values in her own identities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt B
Rarely have we taken the time to celebrate our women let alone our women in high ranking political positions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kara
The author is indeed quite great in her accomplishments. She is clearly a master of the English language as well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Glenna In Salinas
I had the opportunity to hear President Sirleaf speak at York College in Queens, New York. Her story is intriguing and enlightening. Read morePublished 13 months ago by 4peace
I love it!, I am left with the overwhelming desire to find a way to help Liberia. To give a hand in their struggles and to begin to build a bridge in America. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shana Haughton