Children's Literature - Melinda M. SprinkleOne in a series, this biography profiles the well-known African-American, Colin Powell, from early childhood to his present-day political career. The positive influence of Powell's mother and father left a lasting mark on him. Their dream of a better life was founded on education. Now, almost 40 years after graduating from college, Powell's belief in the importance of education is as strong as that of his parents. He wants America to "live the American dream." His love of young people has led him to direct many programs geared toward helping them to achieve their dreams. From the leadership he provided during the Persian Gulf War to his decisions to declining both presidential and vice-presidential nominations in 1996, his distinguished life and vision for fairness and values can all be found within the pages of this well-developed story of a successful man. Photos truly depict the life and journey of Colin Powell.
School Library JournalGr 4-8This revision of the 1991 title retells Powell's inspirational story and updates readers on his activities after stepping down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff through his decision not to run in the 1996 presidential election. Black-and-white photographs from Powell's early years and full-color photos from recent years accompany the large-print text. Although there have been many biographies on this dynamic figure, including the authors' Colin Powell (Copper Beech, 1996), this one is especially suited to reluctant readers.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA
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