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This Child Will Be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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“Public opinion matters; if it is pointed, focused, and intense, it can turn things around. In this global age individuals are sometimes tempted to believe they have no power, not even collectively. This is not true. The public can make a difference if it is willing to take a position and stand up for a cause in which it believes.”

–Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Book No. 38 of 2017

And in the year 2017, the very first political memoir was this one– by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia and Africa’s first female head of state.

I learned a lot about Liberia, it’s history, it’s one-of-a-kind relationship with the United States, the cultural clashes with the descendants of repatriated American slaves, and the dictatorial regime of Charles Taylor– the latter I was only passively familiar with through travelogues set in West Africa.

Sirleaf is a more skilled leader than a writer, the storytelling style often comes across as flat and overly rigid, her life has been more than interesting enough to have this book still be a fascinating one.

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Reading Progress

September 8, 2017 – Started Reading
September 8, 2017 – Shelved
September 8, 2017 –
page 6
1.9%
September 10, 2017 –
page 64
20.32%
September 15, 2017 –
page 118
37.46%
September 17, 2017 –
page 154
48.89%
September 24, 2017 – Finished Reading
November 9, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir-and-essay

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