“Helene Cooper exposes a vulnerable Johnson Sirleaf who survived an abusive marriage, political imprisonment and living away from her young sons so she could study and acquire qualifications in the U.S.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“A penetrating history of Liberia and the story of Sirleaf, who became the first woman elected president of an African nation.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper is the triumphant biography of its namesake, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The woman of color has done many things to make her race and gender proud including becoming the leader of the Liberian women’s movement, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first democratically elected female president in African history.
Sirleaf completely astounded many and inspired so many more when she won the 2005 Liberian presidential election. With that win she obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history. Her victory and subsequent Nobel Peace Prize winner is made all the more inspiring considering her past of domestic violence. Before these accomplishments the Liberian mother of four boys had been international banking executive.
The author has done justice to her legacy with this book.
Helene Cooper is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author.
Praise for her work in this biography has been pouring in such as with Washington Post reviews wish says, “Cooper, who grew up in Liberia, tells the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s personal story and examines her leadership of the Liberian women’s movement, promising a look at one of the few women to run a nation not only in Africa, but anywhere.”
Cooper truly allows the great woman’s personality to shine through each riveting word in this book. She shares the highs and lows of this amazing’s woman’s life.
Her lows were terrible, from being imprisonment for standing up to Liberia’s military government and reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic. And her highs gives us all hope of brighter futures. They included addressing the United States Congress and signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State to preserve America’s support for Liberia’s future.