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"[An] incredible story. . . . An accessible walkthrough Liberian history, told by someone who was somehow always in the centre of the political storm." 

New York Times Book Review 

"An inspiring inside look at a nation struggling to rebuild itself and the woman. now behind those efforts." 


"Sirleaf's life was remarkable." 


"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. . . . Widely instructive."

—Publishers Weekly 

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 neighbourhoods. 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. 

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF has received several prestigious awards, including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom. She holds numerous degrees, among them a master's in public administration from Harvard University. President Sirleaf lives in Monrovia, Liberia. 

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Product code2030301005794
ISBN 9780061353482
Author Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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