Madame President

Madame President

The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa's history. Madame President is the inspiring, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf's evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper deftly weaves Sirleaf's personal story into the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women. The highs and lows of Sirleaf's life are filled with indelible images; from imprisonment in a jail cell for standing up to Liberia's military government to addressing the United States Congress, from reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic to signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State that enshrined American support for Liberia's future.

Sirleaf's personality shines throughout this riveting biography. Ultimately, Madame President is the story of Liberia's greatest daughter, and the universal lessons we can all learn from this "Oracle" of African women.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451697353
Branch Call Number: 966.62031092 JOHNS -C
Characteristics: xi, 320 pages : illustrations (some colour)


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Sep 30, 2018

A powerful timeline of perseverance, intelligence, and compassion. A valuable read for international relations, women empowerment, and government studies. Author Helene Cooper takes the reader through history of Liberia and life experiences of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize winner and first female president of an African nation. The story starts out compelling and keeps me reading. There are parts that are hard to read, humans hurting other humans, men hurting women, men hurting men. Understanding the political/governmental quagmire Liberia was in is instrumental to learning about government abuses and government oversight.

May 26, 2017

Excellent, historically, politically, and economically contextualized account of the rise to power of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and the first woman President of an African nation. I strongly recommend, also, the film by Abigal Disney, Pray the Devil to Hell, which describes the role women, including market women, played in over-throwing Charles Taylor and, eventually, in electing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. US women could learn much from Liberian women, including the author, who unhesitatingly chronicles the many and often horrific forms male dominance has taken in recent Liberian history, both domestically and politically. As a feminist anthropologist, who grew up reading about strong Women's societies [e.g. the Sande] of West Africa, this provides a useful, more contemporary perspective. It also illustrates the complexity of acquiring--and maintaining--political power....and of the significance of political leaders having strong global, institutional connections [e.g. World Bank, IMF, etc.].

Mrs_Bavlnka_Davy May 06, 2017

An insightful biography about Ellen, who is a wonderful role model for all around the world, who strive for justice, and advocate for human rights!

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