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Dan ChoiIt’s called My First Time which is all about different people’s first gay experiences. I almost didn’t include it as a choice and you are the first person I have told that I’ve got it. But, despite all the secrecy it’s an important book for me. I brought it right before I went off to Iraq. (Source)
Here, for the first time, Colin Powell himself tells us how it happened, in a memoir distinguished by a heartfelt love of country and family, warm good humor, and a soldier's directness.
My American Journey is the... more
Dan ChoiThis is Colin Powell’s autobiography. The idea that Colin Powell was the first African American to be appointed as Secretary of State, and the highest ranking military man in America makes him a symbol. Even more important than what he was doing – is the idea that an American person can come from any background and go on to achieve so much. That’s a testament to what being American is. (Source)
- Introductions and extensive annotations for each book by acknowledged experts in the field provide context and guidance.... more
Wade DavisSomeone once asked me, if a fire burnt down my house what would be the one thing I would walk out with? And it’s a first-edition, leather-bound copy of this incredible book signed by my grandfather. My grandfather was himself a surgeon at a casualty clearing station on the Western Front. (Source)
Dan ChoiYes, it’s a book about Lawrence’s experiences during World War I, when he was stationed in North African and the Middle East. He writes about some of the lessons that he learnt from the military leaders from the Allies, and the Bedouin and tribal leaders. The book was influential to me because I can see his contribution as an Arabist. (Source)
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