Colin Powell

with Joseph E. Persico

Colin Powell was born in Harlem to Jamacain immigrants in 1937. Growing up in the dangerous streets of New York City, his life lacked purpose until his enrollment in ROTC while in college. He depended on his morality and love for his country as he navigated his military career through the ranks, eventually emerging as a four star general. He continued to serve his country in Washington politics. His service covered five different presidencies, both Democratic and Republican and included positions as assistant to the Deputy Secreatary of Defense, senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and eventually as Secreatry of State. Through the years he has had ring-side seats to historic events such as: the invasion of Genada, the airstrike agaisnt Libya, the Iran-Contra affair, and the demise of the Soviet Union and end to the cold war. However, it wasn't until his successful involvement in Desert Storm and the invasion of Iraq in 1991, that he became a man of national influence.

Influential Quotes from Colin Powell-
1. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
This qoutation by Collin Powell mirrors his life and the struggle that he endured to become one of the most influential American heros that he is today. He learned preparation and diligence early on in his life when he joined the U.S. Army. As an African American growing up in the dangerous streets of New york City, Colin Powell was always faced with challenges in life. In order for him to be successful he used to his knowledge and experienced gained form his failures and he became a persitant, diligent worker.
2. “The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
This quote resembles one of Colin Powell's greatest qualities, leadership. Colin Powell wrote a book listing the principles of leadership and the quote above is one of them. Colin Powell believed that anyone can become a leader. he believed that all you have to do is keep an open mind and have a good heart and be willing to help people with their problems; no matter how big or how small.
3. "Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself."
This quotation shows how Colin Powell is a determined individual. Whenever Colin reaches a rock in his path, he overcomes it with determination and hardwork and he solves most of his problems on his own. He rarely asked for handouts growing up and through his determination and hardwork this helped him become the most influential war hero of his day.
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Powell was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army, and was one of the 16,000 military advisors dispatched to South Vietnam by President Kennedy in 1962. In 1963, Lieutenant Powell was wounded by a punji-stick booby trap while patrolling the Vietnamese border with Laos. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Powell served a second tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-69. During this second tour he was injured in a helicopter crash. Despite his own injuries, he managed to rescue his comrades from the burning helicopter and was awarded the Soldier's Medal. In all, he has received 11 military decorations, including the Legion of Merit. Colin Powell is a living legend and there are several other accomplishments he has achieved throughout his life.

Works Cited

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Powell, Colin. My American Journey. Publish place: publisher, date. Print.