Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This child will be great: Memoir of a remarkable life by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa's first female Head of State when elected President of Liberia in 2006 and then re-elected in 2011. Sirleaf has survived an early and abusive marriage, 14 years of a vicious Civil War in Liberia, separation from her children and family, imprisonment and exile. In telling Serlief's story, this book also presents the interesting and complicated history of Liberia, its cultures, many difficulties, and connection to the U.S. Sirleaf was a co-recipient of the recent Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, along with Leymah Gbowee (also from Liberia) and Tawakel Karman, from Yeman. I found it interesting to compare the memoirs of Sirleaf (a politician) to Leymah Gbowee's (an activist).

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: DT636.53 J64 A3 2010 2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by Theresa Paulsrud, Head of Acquistions, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Recommended  

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