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This Child Will Be Great

by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Memoir and history intertwine here, usually engagingly and sometimes with a degree of detail that's a little boring to those not conversant with recent Liberian politics. Still, Sirleaf has had an amazing life with surprisingly good outcomes, considering how chutzpahdik she's been when confronted by threats of imminent torture, rape, or death. It's quite an astonishing story.

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  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is not the best-written memoir that I've ever read. President Sirleaf spent much of her career working for corporations and large institutions, and that shows in her writing style which has a tendency to read like a development programme manifesto. I wonder if the decision to publish her memoirs now, rather than after her term in office, was motivated by a desire to capitalise on her fame as Africa's first female president; regardless of the motivation, there's more than a modicum of self-promotion here and a reticence to discuss her personal life. Sirleaf may well have written a very different kind of book had she waited to do so until she left office. There is a lot to learn here about Liberian history and about the politics of the last few decades, but I think to get the most out of This Child Will Be Great, you'd need to read it in tandem with something like Leymah Gbowee's Mighty Be Our Powers. ( )
  siriaeve | May 29, 2012 |
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To all the people of Liberia who have suffered so much and now look forward to reclaiming the future.

And in memory of my mother, Martha Cecelia Johnson, who instilled in us the value of hard work, honesty, and humility.
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If asked to describe my homeland in a sentence, I might say something like this: Liberia is a wonderful, beautiful, mixed-up country struggling mightily to find itself.
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In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation.

In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice. She reveals her determination to succeed in multiple worlds, from her studies in the United States to her work as an international bank executive, to campaigning in some of Liberia's most desperate and war-torn villages and neighborhoods. It is the tale of an outspoken political and social reformer who fought the oppression of dictators and championed change. By telling her story, Sirleaf encourages women everywhere to pursue leadership roles at the highest levels of power, and gives us all hope that we can change the world.

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Africa's first elected woman president shares an uplifting account about her improbable rise to prominence after a childhood marked by abuse and exile in a memoir that also relates her efforts on behalf of humanitarian rights and her hopes for rebuilding civil war-torn Liberia.… (more)

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