My American Journey, Signed by Colin Powell, First Edition, 1995

Powell, Colin with Joseph E. Persico. My American Journey, New York: Random House, 1995. Stated first edition. Signed by Powell on full title page. In publisher’s boards with original dust jacket and a new archival cloth slipcase.

This is the stated first edition of My American Journey by Colin Powell, in its original blue cloth spine over white boards and pictorial dust jacket. The book was published by Random House in 1995. The book is signed, with Powell’s autograph in black felt-tipped ink on the full title page. The book is housed in a new archival cloth slipcase.

Colin Powell’s life and career presents a wonderful example of the American dream. Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, he grew up in Harlem. Powell eventually joined the Army and moved through the ranks to become a four star general, and later, a well-known politician. While in the Army, he fought in Vietnam, served at the Pentagon, and participated in the Panama Invasion as well as Desert Storm. 

My American Journey begins with a selection of black and white photos from Powell’s life and the story covers his early years in Harlem through his chairmanship of the Joint Chief of Staff. Powell’s autobiography is a wonderful balance of humor, military directness, and a strong love for his country. 


Very good condition. Octavo. In the publisher's blue cloth spine over white boards, with gilt titles, and original pictorial dust jacket. Dust jacket is in very good condition, with new mylar for protection.  Book is signed in black felt-tipped ink, the signature is legible and bold on the full title page. The interior pages are clean and without damage. Illustrations from b&w photographs. The book is housed in a new archival black cloth slipcase, decorated with an inlaid photograph of Powell on the front. 

Slipcase dimensions: 9 7/8" H x 6 3/4" W x 2 1/2" D; Book dimensions: 9 1/2" H x 6 5/8" W x 2" D.

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