• This Child Will Be Great

  • Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President
  • By: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The first elected woman president of an African country, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was also listed as one of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. This evocative memoir recounts Sirleaf ’s childhood upbringing and rise to political power in Liberia. More than a simple biography, Sirleaf ’s account details how she stood firm in the face of physical abuse early in life and carried that strength over into her career as a young economist in Samuel Doe’s regime.

©2009 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This timely book, essential for anyone who hopes to understand West Africa in general and Liberia in particular, is a lesson in courage and perseverance. I finished it hoping that the rest of Africa's troubled nations will find their own versions of 'Mama Sirleaf.'" ( The Washington Post)

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What a powerfully strong woman!

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an amazing woman who continues to provide an absolutely message by living a incredible life. She overcame such challenging situations and demonstrated the impact of following your passion and remaining steadfast to your beliefs. Outstanding listen.

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A remarkable journey.

Life is indeed a battle. She started hers as a mere foot soldier and fought her way up to Commander in Chief without ever firing a gun.
During my youth Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor, and Prince Johnson made me fear and hate Liberia.
Through this book miss Hellen has restored Liberian humanity in my mind.
Africa does have a few good men... and women.

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This Child Will Be Great

I Love the book. I was great to read about Africa’s first woman President. I would recommend this book to all, especially Black women. You get to see, feel and experience God’s Providence, in a person’s life. You get to see courage and boldness. For these reasons the book deserves the ratings I gave it. It was well written.

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A Remarkable Life.

Ellen's memoir, while heavy on the political machinations of the period when she served Liberia, is a fascinating journey from childhood days to political intrigue and success. I would have wanted to know more about Ellen the person than Ellen the politician. A
Well. Lived. Life. Bravo!

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A remarkable life

This child will be great has made a lasting impression on me. It was inspirational!

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What a life this woman has led!

What did you love best about This Child Will Be Great?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led an incredible life! James Bond doesn't come close! With a Master's Degree from Harvard, she left a cushy high-dollar job in America to tangle with the dictators in her home country of Liberia and ultimately become the first (freely-elected) woman head of an African state. What a story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Child Will Be Great?

When she was in a Liberian prison for defying the dictator and the guards threw a naked gang-raped girl into the cell with her. So this is what African dictatorships are like!