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General Colin L. Powell

In Conversation with NPR's All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel

May 29, 2012 • 7:00 pm ET
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In his new book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell reveals the lessons that have shaped his life and his legendary career in public service.

Powell shares vivid personal stories about his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his Army training, and his decades in the military and in the top ranks of four presidential administrations. He offers insights into some of the controversial issues he was involved in during his tenure as Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, and he distills his blueprint for effective leadership into thirteen simple rules, including: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier,” “Share credit,” and “Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.”

Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered and has been a leading journalist for 40 years. Book signing to follow.