This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia were racked through fourteen years of brutal civil clash, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an occasion that marked a major turning element within the background of the West African country.

during this stirring memoir, Sirleaf stocks the interior tale of her upward push to energy, together with her early adolescence; her studies with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her struggle for democracy and social justice. This compelling story of survival unearths Sirleaf's choice to reach a number of worlds: from her stories within the usa to her paintings as a world financial institution government to her election campaigning in a few of Liberia's so much determined and war-torn villages and neighborhoods. it's also the tale of an outspoken political and social reformer who, regardless of possibility, fought the oppression of dictators and championed swap. by way of sharing her tale, Sirleaf encourages ladies all over to pursue management roles on the optimum degrees of strength, and provides us all desire that, with perseverance, we will be able to swap the area.

Show description

Read or Download This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President PDF

Best autobiography books

The First Four Minutes (50th Anniversary Edition)

On 6 may well 1954 Roger Bannister grew to become the 1st guy to run a mile in below 4 mins, setting up himself as essentially the most well-known sportsmen in heritage. Bannister has written a considerable new creation of this fiftieth anniversary variation of the 1st 4 mins, reflecting on his stories in 1954, his existence ever on account that then and the evolution of mile operating over the past 5 a long time.

That's Another Story: The Autobiography

Julie Walters has been delighting audiences on display and on degree for more than 25 years, and has been defined as Britain's most well liked actress and comedienne. Now she tells us her personal tale, in her personal phrases. She was once born in 1950s Birmingham, daughter of an austere Irish Catholic mom, and used to be despatched to college in a convent.

Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria

Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is the strong epic tale of 5 royal granddaughters of Queen Victoria, who reigned over the tip in their empires, the destruction in their households, and the tumult of the 20 th century

Here are the tales of Alexandra, whose religion in Rasputin and tragic finish became the stuff of legend; Marie, the fancy and kooky queen who battled her means via a lifetime of intrigues and used to be additionally the mummy of 2 Balkan queens and of the scandalous Carol II of Romania; Victoria Eugenie, Spain's very English queen who, like Alexandra, brought hemophilia into her husband's family---with devastating outcomes for her marriage; Maud, King Edward VII's daughter, who used to be autonomous Norway's reluctant queen; and Sophie, Kaiser Wilhelm II's a lot maligned sister, daughter of an emperor and herself the mum of at least 3 kings and a queen, who ended her days in sour exile.

Using by no means prior to released letters, memoirs, diplomatic files, secondary resources, and interviews with descendents of the topics, Julia Gelardi's Born to Rule is an remarkable and noteworthy paintings of well known heritage.

Le Roman vrai

Très connue dans les milieux féministes et de l'écriture, Marcelle Brisson demeure malheureusement méconnue du grand public. Son récit autobiographique permettra sans doute de mieux faire connaître cette determine généreuse et influente du Québec contemporain.

Additional resources for This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

Example text

Monrovia was also, from the beginning, the undisputed seat of power of Liberia. In the years immediately following the founding of Monrovia, slave-owning states, hoping to rid themselves of the worrisome free blacks in their midst, formed their own societies and founded their own colonies, working independently of the ACS. In 1834, the Maryland State Colonization Society established its colony at Cape Palmas, some 250 miles south of Monrovia. Societies in Pennsylvania and New York worked together to settle the Edina and Port Cresson (later Bassa Cove) colonies in 1832, while groups in Virginia and Mississippi worked to establish their own colonies.

By this time my mother had softened toward him. He was a handsome man, my father—tall, brown-skinned, and stylish, with a special, jaunty way of walking that proclaimed his confidence. When he proposed to my mother and asked Grandmother Cecilia for her daughter’s hand, both women were won over. Both women immediately said yes. And so my parents, a son of a Gola chief from Bomi County and a daughter of a market woman from Sinoe, were married. I can imagine them as a young couple in Monrovia: hardworking, ambitious, eager to create a better life for themselves and their family.

Martha’s mother, Juah Sarwee, was a native farmer and market woman from Greenville, Sinoe County, who fell in love with a trader from Germany. During the early part of the twentieth century, Germany was one of Liberia’s major trading partners, and the country was full of German expatriates organizing the exports of coffee, palm oil, palm kernels, and piassava. But at the start of World War I, Liberia, eager to display its loyalty to the United States, declared war on Germany and expelled all German citizens.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 16 votes