• My American Journey

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Colin Powell
  • Narrated by: Colin Powell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-09-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (10 ratings)


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 - including Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, and 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.
©2006 Colin Powell (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"Eloquent." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A great American success story...an endearing and well-written book." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man's journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces....Fascinating." (The Washington Post Book World) "Profound and moving....Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A book that is much like its subject: articulate, confident, impressive, but unpretentious and witty....Whether you are a political junkie, a military buff, or just interested in a good story, My American Journey is a book well worth reading." (San Diego Union Tribune)
"Colin Powell's candid, introspective autobiography is a joy for all with an appetite for well-written political and social commentary." (The Detroit News)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 09-09-07


Enjoyed hearing Colin Powell himself tell his life story. He told it like it was - no fluff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By vera burke on 20-05-18

Executive Leadership Mentor Group

His story was well told and vivid. Even though I was not in the military his life and leadership lessons made an great impact with me, i definitely learned from him. i like the story on Humane Leadership values, when he lost his weapon. how many leaders have made a mistake.

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