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.
General Colin L. Powell
Gen. Colin L. Powell served as the 65th US Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. As a professional soldier for 35 years, Sec. Powell held many command and staff positions and rose to the rank of four-star general.
From 1989 to 1993, he served as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the US Department of Defense. During this time, he oversaw many crises, including Operation Desert Storm. He served previously as National Security Advisor to President Reagan.
His civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal.
Robert Siegel, a senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, got started in radio news when he was a college freshman in 1964. He's still at it.
A graduate of New York's Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University, Siegel began his career in radio at the college radio station WKCR-FM where he anchored coverage of the 1968 Columbia demonstrations. The station's work received an award from the Writers Guild of America East.
Siegel is the editor of The NPR Interviews 1994, The NPR Interviews 1995, and The NPR Interviews 1996 compilations of NPR's most popular radio conversations from each year.
General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State during the George W. Bush Administration, discusses the failure and fallout from inaccurate intelligence regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Powell's testimony before the United Nations is considered the "symbol" of the WMD rationale for war, and Powell acknowledges that he must "keep moving forward."
General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, discusses the attitude of Americans during financial recovery and political impasse in Congress. Powell argues that the American people are "optimistic" and "confident".