Children's LiteratureColin Powell was a hard worker from the first time he unloaded furniture to help a neighborhood businessman through all the years when he was determined to be the best at whatever job he held. The best, periodnot the best black man. Powell grew up in the north but began his army career in the segregated south at Fort Benning, Georgia. He could not even go to restaurants with his white army buddiesbut "he had to stay out of trouble if he wanted to do well in the army. That meant following these rules." Later Powell would become a four-star general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. The text follows his career with black and white snapshots and boxes of related information (Vietnam protests, Powell's awards, facts about Iraq). There are pictures on every page, as well as a glossary, timeline and additional resources. It is an easy book to use for reference or school reports. Young readers do not really get to know the person inside the uniform, but they will learn how an African-American rose to the highest levels of government in spite of segregation and discrimination because of his intelligence, straightforward manner and loyalty. This is part of the "History Maker Bios" series. 2005, Lerner Publications, Ages 8 to 12.