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Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican parents, would rise from a child in the South Bronx to an incredible destiny. He was an average student until he found the ROTC. Then, he made top grades and chose the Army as his career. He earned a Masters degree in business and became a general. He served in the White House in many capacities. Finally, he became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He serves on the President's Alliance for Youth. Powell is a man of ethics and integrity. ...
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Overview

Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican parents, would rise from a child in the South Bronx to an incredible destiny. He was an average student until he found the ROTC. Then, he made top grades and chose the Army as his career. He earned a Masters degree in business and became a general. He served in the White House in many capacities. Finally, he became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He serves on the President's Alliance for Youth. Powell is a man of ethics and integrity.
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Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
This easy to read biography tells the fascinating life story of Colin Powell, the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Accompanied by black and white photographs, the text traces the self-made General Powell from his early childhood in the South Bronx, through his difficult high school years, his discovery of ROTC in college, his climb up the military ladder starting with two tours in Vietnam, to his becoming the highest-ranking military leader in the country. General Powell's life story is particularly fascinating because his success is due to hard work and determination, which should make him a role model for all young people today.
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Gr 7-9These biographies rely on both documentary materials and their subjects' own words to tell their stories. Both books are attractive and include black-and-white photos. Hughes devotes a good deal of space to Powell's youth and education, but also relates his subject's military career and family life in considerable detail. She draws on both published accounts for adults and on her own interview with Powell, an approach that allows readers to appreciate both his philosophy of hard work and education and his many achievements, and also understand how his values have contributed to his enormous popularity. Lazo describes Carter's early life, political career, and impressive post-presidential humanitarian efforts. She makes considerable use of Carter's own written words to tell his story, and clearly admires the man. While much of his record is deserving of this praise, the author fails to explain how his weaknesses undermined his presidency and eventually cost him the office. She also implies that Reagan was involved in a conspiracy to prevent the release of the hostages in Iran. Still, this book is more current than Daniel Richman's James E. Carter (Garrett, 1989), which offers a more balanced account of his presidency but does not include his recent activities. Lazo's title is a good complement to Carter's own Talking Peace (Dutton, 1995), which details his ideas on peace and human rights. Good choices for reports.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780382392603
  • Publisher: Silver Burdett Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: People in Focus Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Hero From Harlem 9
2 Boyhood Days in the South Bronx 18
3 Major Influences: Family and ROTC 37
4 Army Assignments and Alma 51
5 Vietnam Bravery and Birmingham Bombs 68
6 Post to Post and Graduate School 79
7 Path to the White House and Beyond 95
8 A Pentagon Star 109
9 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 130
10 Philosophy and Future 155
Appendix 1 Questions and Answers 162
Appendix 2 Time Line 163
Bibliography 169
Index 173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    The Best Ever

    I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very intresting and it was very useful at times! My daughter needed it for her report and I was able to tell her a lot about Colin Powell's life and career.

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