My American journey



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Notes on front endpaper: What are the lessons of Vietnam. P. 82 to Vietnam 1962 Xmas 1st tour, home Nov. 1963; July 21, 1968-July '69 2nd tour. Bernard Fall--Street without Joy--recently reread it. What didn't you get into the book that you would have liked. Clinton-we had gotten along well and had become close, p. 588. Turning Point-W.H. Fellows, Alma, Vietnam, ROTC, Public Service v. Book royalties--speeches. Underlinings/Notes: Underlinings: Powell's interest in cars, racism in South, experiences in Vietnam, birth of son, career, injuries, Alma's help/support, continued education, belief in America, American enterprise, political views. Notes: "Why?" "not overjoyed with West Indian son-in-law," "Birmingham," "the enemy," "body count," "ears," "punji trap," "Madame Nhu," "black pajamas, Firestone flip-flops," "Nguyen Cao Ky," "flew over N. Vietnam," "Diem coup," "1963," "JFK's assassination," "Alma," "a war poorly conceived, conducted, explained," "raw discrimination," "hair, dress, colors," "W.H, Fellowship," "Jim Bostic," "Rickover," "John Laitin," "Korea," "lessons," "Brown and Weinberger," "my new media rules," "Norm," "close," "Harry Evans."


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My American journey


Powell, Colin L


Program air date: January 7, 1996


Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from Jamaica. He knew the rough life of the streets. He overcame a barely average start at school. Then he joined the Army. The rest is history--Vietnam, the Pentagon, Panama, Desert Storm--but a history that until now has been known only on the surface. Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier's directness. MY AMERICAN JOURNEY is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers" inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision. "The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man's journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces.


"Powell, Colin L."
"United States. Army--Biography."
"Generals--United States--Biography."
"African American generals--Biography."


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Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


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Persico, Joseph E


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