"Cooper, who grew up in Liberia, tells the Nobel Peace Prize winner's personal story and examines her leadership of the Liberian women's movement, promising a look at one of the few women to run a nation not only in Africa, but anywhere."
"A riveting tale of civil war, political corruption, and personal ambition. Like her memoir, The House at Sugar Beach, this biography delves into Liberia’s modern day travails. Its heroes are women—not only Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female president of Liberia (and its current president), who earned a Nobel Peace Prize and handled the 2014 Ebola crisis, but the ordinary market women who threw their influence behind her."
"A celebratory biography of Africa's first female president and 2011 Nobel Prize winner...a woman of spectacular political achievement...A brisk chronicle of a strong willed, tireless, and determined leader."
“Cooper presents an eye opening account, holding nothing back. Slipping in and out of Liberian English, she creates a vivid portrait of life in Liberia, illustrating the odds and struggles Sirleaf faced. Powerful and thoroughly researched, Cooper's narratives are haunting and cinematic in their level of detail. Recommended for readers who enjoy biographies of world leaders and African history.”
"With compassion, a depth of research and stunning detail, Helene Cooper tells the riveting story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected woman head of state on the African continent, who survived war and coup to lead Liberia through the Ebola crisis and who won a Nobel Peace Prize. 'Madame President's' universal themes of courage, resilience and fortitude are a wonder and an inspiration."
Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration