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This child will be great : memoir of a remarkable life by Africa's first woman p
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Adult Nonfiction DT636.53.J64 A3 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Forbes lists Sirleaf, the 23rd president of Liberia and the first elected female president on the African continent, among the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008. In and out of government, in and out of exile, but consistent in her commitment to Liberia, Sirleaf in her memoir reveals herself to be among the most resilient, determined and courageous as well. She writes with modesty in a calm and measured tone. While her account includes a happy childhood and an unhappy marriage, the book is politically, not personally, focused as she (and Liberia) go through the disastrous presidencies of Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor. Sirleaf's training as an economist and her employment (e.g., in banking, as minister of finance in Liberia, and in U.N. development programs) informs the perspective from which she views internal Liberian history (e.g., the tensions between the "settler class" and the indigenous people) and Liberia's international relations. Although her focus is thoroughly on Liberia, the content is more widely instructive, particularly her account of the role of the Economic Community of West African States. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After 14 years of civil war, corruption, and economic deterioration, the people of Liberia resurrected their country's battered democracy by electing Sirleaf as Africa's first woman president. In her 2006 inaugural address, Sirleaf made a promise to her people: "We are making our beloved Liberia home once again." In this memoir, the woman known to her compatriots as "Ma Ellen" shows how her life is entwined with her country's story. She vividly describes her educational awakening after escaping an abusive marriage and subsequently being separated from her children. Her education transformed her into a successful, self-sufficient woman able to move from Harvard to the Liberian finance ministry, Citicorp, and the UN. Yet central to her own story is the political situation in her homeland, as a class-stratified society made way for the Samuel Doe military coup and the brutal civil war waged by Charles Taylor. Liberia's "Iron Lady" raised her voice in defiance of violence and corruption and ultimately transformed the government. Her autobiography is a testament to the remarkable impact of ambition when it is used for public good. Highly recommended.-Veronica Arellano, Univ. of Houston Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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