Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2006
CD ISBN 9780739340080 $29.95 Five CDs
No one epitomizes the American dream more than Colin Powell, the son of immigrants who rose to the highest levels of government through his own talent and hard work. Yet as a black man in America, Powell did not escape the sting of racism. But the overarching theme of this biography of Powell is learning from experience--especially his tours of duty in Vietnam and his early tenure as a White House staff member. Roscoe Orman is solid as the reader. His tone is even, without being reverential or bombastic. His reading is easy to listen to and makes the material flow. The abridgment is choppy in the early portions. For example, the author discusses a blind date Powell went on, and in what seems the same paragraph, Powell heads to Vietnam for the first time. It's smoother for the later years, especially during his time as Secretary of State. Orman gives a good presentation of DeYoung's biography. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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