Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell
On February 26, 2007, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum welcomed Karen DeYoung to discuss her new book, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell. DeYoung is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where she has held a number of senior editing positions and served as a foreign policy reporter in Washington and as a correspondent abroad. In the first full biography of one of the most admired men of our time, the award-winning journalist takes us from Powell's Bronx childhood and meteoric rise through the military ranks to his formative roles in Washington's corridors of power and his controversial tenure as secretary of state. She draws on interviews with U.S. and foreign sources as well as with Powell himself, and uses unprecedented access to his personal and professional papers to create a revolutionary portrait of an American icon: a man at once heroic and all-too-humanly fallible. After the discussion, DeYoung will take audience questions. DeYoung is the recipient of numerous awards for foreign correspondence and for diplomatic and explanatory journalism, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize given to the Washington Post for national coverage of the war on terrorism. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Washington, D.C. Introduction by LBJ School Dean James B. Steinberg.