- Series: AFRICA (Book 1)
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Kiwai Media; 1st edition (June 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937247031
- ISBN-13: 978-1937247034
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa's First Woman President Paperback – June 1, 2016
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"A must-read for all those interested in Liberiaʼs recent and turbulent history, and the immense power of friendship and loyalty." -Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
"A deeply moving story of two extraordinary women, from very different backgrounds, who worked together through thick and thin and achieved so much . . . I would highly recommend this book to all." -Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi
"A riveting and compelling story that restores oneʼs faith in humanity . . . a profound lesson to all of us on the vital importance of courage and perseverance to the pursuit of a life of purpose." -Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Nigeria
"Riva's connection with President Sirleaf helped Liberia turn an important page in its history and further cemented the long existing bond between our countries." -U.S. Senator Chris Coons
"Peace and democracy seemed far, far off to Liberians when brutal warlord Charles Taylor ruled. This fast-paced, crisply told story of Liberiaʼs rebirth under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is inspiring and impressively honest." -U.S. Representative Ed Royce
"Riva Levinson gives us a peek behind the curtain of how American foreign policy is formulated and practiced. A thoroughly engaging read from cover to cover."
-U.S. Senator Jeff Flake
"The inspiring story of two brilliant women who overcame the odds to make positive change in Liberia. A must-read for any aspiring global change maker!"
-Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health, Time's 100 Most Influential People 2016
"A book that reads like Le Carré, if Le Carré was a combination of killer politico and Tina Fey . . . smart, heartbreaking, funny, inspiring, and an unbelievably entertaining read."
-Dan Gordon, screenwriter of The Hurricane
An extraordinary book . . above all, CHOOSING THE HERO shines by showing how Washington DC can work."
- Todd Moss, Chief Operating Officer, the Center for Global Development, author, international thriller series, Penguin Putnam
About the Author
K. Riva Levinson is the President and CEO of KRL International LLC, a Washington DC-based communications and government relations firm that focuses on the worldʼs emerging markets. A top strategist in managing international policy issues, Levinson has served as a long-time adviser to Africa's first Woman President, Liberiaʼs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also a Noble Laureate for Peace. Levinson has a bachelorʼs degree from Tufts University and a masterʼs degree from Georgetown University. Choosing the Hero, her first book, is a Silver Medalist, 2017 Independent Book Publishers Awards in memoir, a finalist 2017 Foreword INDIES 'Book of the Year' Awards, and a finalist 2018 Next Generation Independent Book Awards
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The very first chapter entitled 'He's our bad guy' strikes the right note and that note holds throughout the rest of the book. This chapter grips you as part adventure travelogue, part spy thriller and part unrequited romance all woven together to reveal a beautiful non fiction story of the blessings that life itself provides. All this even before President Sirleaf enters the stage.
Excellent work, Riva.
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