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The Book My American Journey
The Author Colin L. Powell
The Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date2010-12-29
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 656
ISBN 9780307763686
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: “A great American success story . . . an endearing and well-written book.”—The New York Times Book Review 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. Praise for My American Journey “The stirring, only-in-America story of one determined man's journey from the South Bronx to directing the mightiest of military forces . . . Fascinating.”—The Washington Post Book World “Eloquent.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “Profound and moving . . . Must reading for anyone who wants to reaffirm his faith in the promise of America.”—Jack Kemp, The Wall Street Journal “A book that is much like its subject—articulate, confident, impressive, but unpretentious and witty. . . . Whether you are a political junkie, a military buff, or just interested in a good story, My American Journey is a book well worth reading.”—San Diego Union Tribune “Colin Powell's candid, introspective autobiography is a joy for all with an appetite for well-written political and social commentary.”—The Detroit News

The Book Eight Dollars and a Dream My American Journey
The Author Raj Gupta
The Publisher Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date2016-03-14
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781483447551
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: “Eight Dollars and a Dream tells of a remarkable personal and professional journey by one of America’s premier CEOs and corporate directors. Raj Gupta, working with Syd Havely, offers a candid and captivating story, told with passion and special appreciation for how family, mentors and other leaders transformed him and how he in turn changed his world, a compelling account for all who are navigating a corner office, a boardroom, or their life course. “ – Michael Useem, Professor and Director of the Leadership Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania “Raj's story is the American dream writ large with a focus on what is really important in life. I have had the privilege of working with Raj for many years and have seen his qualities as a business leader firsthand. But I have benefitted even more by watching his example of how to lead one's life with dignity, integrity, and grace. This is a book that needs to be read!” – Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO, The Vanguard Group, Inc.

The Book My American Journey My Years In Poetry and Bush s America Collide
The Author The Klute
The Publisher Brick Cave Books
Release Date
Genre Poetry
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Performance poet Bernard Schober, aka The Klute, documents his performance poetry written and performed during the Bush presidency. Most of it is a hilarious study of America, and it's politics.

The Book Three Feet To Now
The Author Donald E. Schmedeke
The Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release Date2010-11-30
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 117
ISBN 1456825623
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The book “Three Feet to Now” is about a contemporary American man doing all he can to build a life and to thrive in Post-War America. The narrative of Don Schmedeke’s life is also a narrative of his country since 1946. The biography reveals the character development of a patriot, a Christian, and a man of drive. The experiences and initiatives which form the tapestry of who Don is would not be possible anywhere else on earth because of America’s political and cultural strengths. What’s more, Don Schmedeke and his contemporaries formed the socio-economic backdrop of the period as much as it formed them. What unfolds in the pages of the story is also a history of a nation during an incredible period of prosperity and challenge. It is a quiet tale shared by millions of hard-working men and women trying to navigate the waters of modern middle class anxieties and hopes for the future.

The Book Colin Powell
The Author Christopher D. O'Sullivan
The Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release Date2009-04-16
Genre History
Pages 240
ISBN 9780742565357
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This exploration of Powell's career and character reveals several broad themes crucial to American foreign policy and yields insights into the evolution of American foreign and defense policy in the post-Vietnam, post-Cold War eras. This book explains Powell's diplomatic style and its place in the American foreign policy tradition and his involvement in the most important debates over foreign and defense policy during the past two decades.

The Book The Power of Possibility
The Author Sukhee Kang
The Publisher
Release Date2013-01-01
ISBN 1467581313
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book A Sense of Duty
The Author Quang Pham
The Publisher Presidio Press
Release Date2007-12-18
Genre History
Pages 288
ISBN 9780307414458
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A memoir by a former Vietnamese refugee who became a U.S. Marine, Quang Pham’s A Sense of Duty is an affecting story of fate, hope, and the aftermath of the most divisive war the United States has ever fought. This heartfelt salute to the spirit of America is also the account of the author’s reunion with his long-absent father, Hoa Pham, himself a devoted officer who saw combat firsthand as a South Vietnamese fighter pilot. Hoa’s revelations about his wartime experience leave Quang even more conflicted about his service in the Marines in the first Gulf War, and after years of struggling to reconnect with each other and the homeland they left behind, the two set out on a final, profound quest—to make sense of the war in Vietnam. Tracing Quang Pham’s uniquely spirited yet agonizing journey from his experiences as an uprooted refugee to his becoming a combat aviator, A Sense of Duty reveals the turmoil of a family torn apart and reunited by the fortunes of war. It is an American journey like no other.

The Book Myles Traveled
The Author Bill Myles
The Publisher
Release Date2014-06
Genre African American coaches (Athletics)
ISBN 0980174481
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release Date2015-01-23
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 658
ISBN 9781503521438
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: This book is my life story, as a Coptic Christian, raised in Egypt. Where no one from my family has ever moved away for thousands of years through the rise and falls of ancient pharaohs and deep roots of ancient Christianity. It is also the story of my parents raising 10 children since 1953 in an environment of extreme poverty where resources and opportunities were limited with unrelenting prejudice towards Christian minorities. So, I came to the United States, the land of opportunity, and became a prominent American neurosurgeon among the only 4000 active nationwide and the only one nationally and internationally to achieve five board certifications in five acknowledged medical disciplines. I continue to practice and serve the mission set before me. My home land was once prosperous and rich in history. Over the centuries, it joined the downfall of the majority of the developing countries of the world through its economic crises and injustices to many. It was the land for the fathers of early Christians and the foundation for worldwide Christians. Now the Coptic Christians are considered a minority constituting a mere 10% of the population and are joining the exodus of ancient Christians from their native African continent. This book chronicles my journey from the land of history, the land of my birth, to the land of opportunity, America. It outlines the socioeconomic and political changes that Egypt has seen over the last century. It is my hope that others may find inspiration and understanding of my culture through reading this book. I owe it all to Christ, the Lord, my cherished parents, my family and friends, my teachers, my mentors, and especially my beloved patients.

The Book Breaking Out
The Author Padma Desai
The Publisher MIT Press
Release Date2013-09-13
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 250
ISBN 9780262019972
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Padma Desai grew up in the 1930s in the provincial world of Surat, India, where she had a sheltered and strict upbringing in a traditional Gujarati Anavil Brahmin family. Her academic brilliance won her a scholarship to Bombay University, where the first heady taste of freedom in the big city led to tragic consequences -- seduction by a fellow student whom she was then compelled to marry. In a failed attempt to end this disastrous first marriage, she converted to Christianity.A scholarship to America in 1955 launched her on her long journey to liberation from the burdens and constraints of her life in India. With a growing self-awareness and transformation at many levels, she made a new life for herself, met and married the celebrated economist Jagdish Bhagwati, became a mother, and rose to academic eminence at Harvard and Columbia.How did she navigate the tumultuous road to assimilation in American society and culture? And what did she retain of her Indian upbringing in the process? This brave and moving memoir -- written with a novelist's skill at evoking personalities, places, and atmosphere, and a scholar's insights into culture and society, community, and family -- tells a compelling and thought-provoking human story that will resonate with readers everywhere.

The Book An American s Journey into Buddhism
The Author Albert Shansky
The Publisher McFarland
Release Date2008-02-29
Genre Religion
Pages 232
ISBN 0786484241
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Structured as a patchwork of conversations, recollections, and lyrical encounters, this rich spiritual autobiography allows readers to eavesdrop on a restless soul in quest of self, God, and home. The memoir tells the story of an American who became intrigued by Buddhism through his love of Asian art and who decided to study the discipline in a Japanese Soto Zen monastery. In Part One, the author gives an account of his life in the Hosshinji monastery in Obama, Japan, detailing his daily routine and his participation in a traditional Takuhatsu almsgiving ceremony, a Sesshin period of intensive meditation, and a Jukai Buddhist initiation ceremony. Part Two describes the author’s difficult search for a Buddhist temple to continue his religious practices upon returning to the United States. Part Three deals with the author’s involvement in the International Institute for Field-Being and details how his Buddhist training helped prepare him for that venture. Part Four describes obstacles the author has encountered as a lone Buddhism practitioner since his training.

The Book Meguriai
The Author Faith Nobuko Araki Barcus
The Publisher AuthorHouse
Release Date2010-03
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 192
ISBN 9781449047023
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Behind Closed Doors: The Addiction To Power And Control, is the back-story of McMillian's play in book form, The Anatomy Of A Woman Abused: One Woman's Journey. The Anatomy" is loosely based on McMillian's twelve-year struggle to survive an abusive marriage. Behind Closed Doors, shares details of how early events in her life impacted subsequent life choices. In a published interview with Trumpet Magazine McMillian revealed that most of her life was spent searching for a male figure to mirror the close relationship she had with her father. He died suddenly when she was ten years old. She said, "My relationship with my father was the only example of a positive relationship that I had known, up until his passing. I had the pre-conceived notion that all men would be like him. I was very naive". - Jaisun McMillian

The Book An American Journey
The Author Bhagwan Satiani
The Publisher University Press of America
Release Date2011-12-16
Genre Social Science
Pages 146
ISBN 9780761855484
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Valuable teaching moments and life lessons are illustrated in a personal and colorful story told by a successful immigrant parent. Immigrants struggle with merging two cultures. An American Journey teaches life lessons with issues that are critical to immigrants: faith, values, family, marriage, home, education, and friends.

The Book Amazing Grace Through Depression
The Author Hi-Dong Chai
The Publisher Outskirts Press
Release Date2018-10-21
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Pages 212
ISBN 1977202012
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: In 1953, a 16-year-old boy, a son of a Christian minister who was kidnapped by the North Korean Communists in the Korean War, came to America, where highways were reportedly paved with 'gold' and money trees grew in abundance. To his great disappointment, he found no money trees. Without a penny from home, he had to work hard and educate himself through school. The first few years, he washed dishes, dug ditches, mixed cement, painted walls, cleaned the restrooms, cleaned the classrooms, ... To save money for school, he ate two raw eggs for breakfast and three pieces of Wonder bread with peanut butter and grape jelly in between. Sometimes he felt so lonely in his room that he ate sitting in front of a vanity mirror to keep company with the person he saw in the mirror. But he persisted, received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, established himself as an authority in his field with 52 inventions, 40 publications, and a textbook. But he thought he was a failure because he did not invent an earthshaking device. In 1989, he fell into a major depression. The depression took him to the brink of no return, but the fear of eternal Hell-fire prevented him from crossing the bridge. He decided to seek a therapist's help. Then in 1990, in the therapist's office, he experienced God's Amazing Grace, the inner peace and freedom that he had never thought possible to experience in his life. This inner peace and freedom are still with him to this day. And he decided to share his story with the world

The Book Julian Nava
The Author Julian Nava
The Publisher Arte Publico Press
Release Date2002-05-31
ISBN 1611921899
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Julian Nava is one of the most renowned and distinguished elder statesmen in the Hispanic community of the United States. The child of poor Mexican immigrants, Nava rose through years of hardship and hard work to achieve what no other Latino in the United States had achieved before him: Nava became the first Mexican American to serve as ambassador to Mexico. This unforeseen but deserved appointment by President Jimmy Carter followed a life of commitment to his education and that of his community. Nava became the first Mexican American to serve on the Los Angeles school board when it was embattled, facing the challenges of school walkouts and boycotts, desegregation, bilingual education, and a series of issues brought on by the changes in education during the 1970s. The recipient of a Ph.D. in History from Harvard, Nava has been on the front-lines of urban education and politics, while simultaneously building a successful career as a university professor celebrated throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Spain. Navas previously untold story is finally available to inspire people, young and old, toward study, commitment and perseverance, not only for ones self, but for the community and nation.

The Book The Secretary A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
The Author Kim Ghattas
The Publisher Macmillan
Release Date2013-03-05
Genre Political Science
Pages 368
ISBN 9780805098334
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world—and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary. With the perspective of one who is both an insider and an outsider, Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Clinton, administration officials, and players in Washington as well as overseas, to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Filled with fresh insights, The Secretary provides a captivating analysis of Clinton's brand of diplomacy and the Obama administration's efforts to redefine American power in the twenty-first century. Populated with a cast of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the story of Clinton's transformation from popular but polarizing politician to America's envoy to the world in compelling detail and with all the tension of high stakes diplomacy. From her evolving relationship with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her plane at 3 a.m. after no sleep, reading the riot act to the Chinese, and going through her diplomatic checklist before signing on to war in Libya—all the while trying to restore American leadership in a rapidly changing world. Viewed through Ghattas's vantage point as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up in the crossfire of the Lebanese civil war, The Secretary is also the author's own journey as she seeks to answer the questions that haunted her childhood. How powerful is America really? And, if it is in decline, who or what will replace it and what will it mean for America and the world?

The Book An American s Journey to the Shaolin Temple
The Author Steve DeMasco
The Publisher Black Belt Communications
Release Date2001-01-01
Genre Sports & Recreation
Pages 175
ISBN 0897501411
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: The author shares the story of his ascension to 10th-degree Shaolin kempo black belt and his appointment as an honorary ambassador to China's legendary Shaolin Temple. Rare techniques of more than 350 photos accompany this must-have book for every Shaolin enthusiast!

The Book Legacies An American Journey
The Author Jim Ricca
The Publisher Jim Ricca
Release Date
Genre Fiction
Pages 350
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: Legacies; an American Journey, recounts the history of one family of Italian-American soldiers and policemen, and their long battle against the Mafia, Fascism and Communism. It details their sacrifices, triumphs and losses. This book recounts their flight to America to escape the Mafia’s and Mussolini’s vengeance, and their military service in the American army during World War II and Vietnam.

The Book He Belongs to America Too
The Author S. R. Dixon
The Publisher Dorrance Publishing
Release Date2009-12-29
Genre Religion
Pages 42
ISBN 9781434963666
Language English, Spanish, And French
The Book Wail an American Journey
The Author Brio Burgess
The Publisher Wildside Press LLC
Release Date2007-09-01
Genre Fiction
Pages 208
ISBN 9781877880131
Language English, Spanish, And French

READING: A novel in autobiographical vignette form