Colin Powell : imperfect patriot / Jeffrey J. Matthews.
- Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, 
xvi, 396 pages ; 24 cm
- Powell, Colin L.
United States. Army -- Officers -- Biography.
Powell, Colin L.
United States. Army.
Iraq War (2003-2011)
African American generals -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Causes.
Leadership -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
African American generals.
Armed Forces -- Officers.
Politics and government.
War -- Causes.
- "For the past three decades, Colin Powell has been among America's most trusted and admired leaders. This biography demonstrates that Powell's decades-long development as an exemplary subordinate is crucial to understanding his astonishing rise from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to the highest echelons of military and political power. Once an aimless, ambitionless teenager who barely graduated from college, Powell became an extraordinarily effective and staunchly loyal subordinate to many powerful superiors who, in turn, helped to advance his career. By the time Powell became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he had developed into the consummate follower--motivated, competent, composed, honorable, and independent. The quality of his followership faltered, however, after he became George W. Bush's secretary of state. Powell proved a fallible patriot, and in the course of a long and distinguished career he made some grave and consequential errors in judgment. While those blunders do not erase the significance of his commendable achievements amid decades of public service, they are failures nonetheless."--Provided by publisher.
Part 1: The military years. Obedient son (1937-1957)
Dutiful soldier (1958-1969)
Follower and commander (1970-1982)
Part II: The civilian years. Presidential icon (1993-2000)
Leader, follower, odd man out (2001-2004)
Defender in chief (2003-2004)
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Matthews, Jeffrey J., 1965- Colin Powell.
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