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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

31 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

A true inspiration

Colin Powell is, has been and probably always will be a "good soldier". That means he does what he's told to do by a superior and doesn't question the reasoning or sources behind the assignment. Unfortunatetly that's what almost stained his remarkable career when he pre...
Colin Powell is, has been and probably always will be a "good soldier". That means he does what he's told to do by a superior and doesn't question the reasoning or sources behind the assignment. Unfortunatetly that's what almost stained his remarkable career when he presented a cooked up reason to invade Iraq at the U.N. Enough said about that. He is not trying to rewrite history in this book, just passing along well learned lessons and insights gained through many years of public and personal experience. The man is a true patriot and sets a stand out example of what it takes to be a humanitarian who cares about other people and the country he so honorably served. Yes, I have a great amount of respect for General Colin Powell. If you like the man you'll buy the book. If you don't like him buy it and read it. You may find out you were mistaken about him.

posted by RetiredGrandpa on May 24, 2012

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5 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

For a life that was tainted by lies told at the UN, the book doe

For a life that was tainted by lies told at the UN, the book does nothing to redeem such a wasted life. Harry Belafonte provided the best assessment of Colin Powell. No amount of self-serving, distortion of history can undo the damage Powell brought upon himself. That s...
For a life that was tainted by lies told at the UN, the book does nothing to redeem such a wasted life. Harry Belafonte provided the best assessment of Colin Powell. No amount of self-serving, distortion of history can undo the damage Powell brought upon himself. That sad thing is that Powell still thinks It Worked for Him. Save time, money and trees. Just skip it!

posted by Ever-Alert on May 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Neutral

    It didn't work for me.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    What an unfortunate title!

    After Secretary's Powell's complicity in the Iraq fiasco, to use the casual expression "it worked for me"? I know that the book outlines thirteen principles to live and work by, but this title cannot help but bring to mind that "what worked" was spineless complicity with and promotion of a policy with which one cannot help but think he didn't agree, or at least had major doubts about, in the interest of loyalty and perhaps not wanting to ruin his career. I salute this distinguished public servant, but don't think the whitewashing of what happened in the run-up to the Iraq war should continue. I know the General argues that the war would have been worse without his backing, but in truth, it might not have gone forward without his imprimatur.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    Excellent and straight line theology to leadership.

    Excellent and straight line theology to leadership.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Darkmoon

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    wow this book change my life

    wow this book change my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Must read for all leaders!

    Quick read. Motivating book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Excellent! Highly recommend

    This is a great series of stories that provide a history of how Powell advanced through life and his career. While some stories are similar and repeats from his previous book, he keeps the material fresh enough to keep the reader engaged. I was particularly impressed with his discussion of the challenges when decisions made turned out to be wrong. A real straight shooter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    The life of a great American,who share what molded him into who

    The life of a great American,who share what molded him into who he is.in life we all have a different mold,this
     should be the Inspiration  that drive each and every American to find out who we are and the driving force within 
    Ourselves..greatness come from great character .

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    wise man

    I've always respected Colin Powell both in and outside the spotlight. I enjoyed reading his 13 rules and how they evolved and the other lessons. Sage reading from a sage man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Being a retired senior naval officer, I found the book both humorous and insightful. Well worth the read!

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    It was a gift.

    It was a gift for my mother. She loves it!

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed reading this book, it was hard to putdown. Would recommend too anyone that would like to gain a little insight about our government. It also provided some good information to aid in living a better life and understanding others.

    Ienjoyreading

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Did it work...?

    This was a phenomenally candid look into the thought process of one of the most influential leaders in modern American history. As to the question of whether "it worked for him", you might say that...If by "worked" you mean becoming the most decorated and respected flag officer in contemporary warfare, serving as the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and transitioning over to an unprecedented term as Secretary of State...yeah, I often wonder if he ever got anything right...

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