Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President


Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President

The rise of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become the president of Liberia and the first woman elected to lead an African nation is one of the most inspiring stories of our time. But Sirleaf could not have done it alone. Among the people who helped her achieve her victory was Washington, D.C.-based international consultant and lobbyist K. Riva Levinson. CHOOSING THE HERO is Levinson’s compelling account of her life and career, and how she joined forces with Sirleaf to fight for a cause bigger than either of them.

With gripping anecdotes, Levinson describes her adventures working in some of the most dangerous places on earth from Mogadishu to Baghdad. But it is her efforts on behalf of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that form the heart of CHOOSING THE HERO. Levinson chronicles her behind-the-scenes lobbying for the exiled Sirleaf in Washington, D.C. as well as her on-the-ground work in Liberia. It took three tries for Sirleaf to finally win the presidency in 2005. Since inauguration, President Sirleaf, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, has transformed her war-ravaged country into one of the world’s post-conflict success stories.

CHOOSING THE HERO is a truly unique book that can be read on many levels. It is an exciting narrative about Sirleaf’s struggle to create a future for Liberia. It’s a bird’s-eye view of the inner workings of the lobbying and public relations business in Washington, D.C. and the making of U.S. foreign policy. But most of all, it is Riva Levinson’s personal story of how she found a hero, fought for a worthy cause, and in the process, discovered her soul.


Details Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President

Title Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President
AuthorK Riva Levinson
Release Date1st Jun 2016
PublisherKiwai Media
ISBN-101937247031
FormatInternational Edition
LanguageEnglish
Pages200 pages
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2 reviews on “Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President

  1. Customer

    “A wonderful book about the extraordinary camaraderie between Africaʼs first woman president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her loyal friend and political ally, Riva Levinson . . . a must-read for all those interested in . . . Liberiaʼs recent and turbulent history, and the immense power of friendship and loyalty.” –Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs“A deeply moving story of two extraordinary women, from very different backgrounds, who worked together through thick and thin and achieved so much . . . I would highly recommend this book to all.” –Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi“A riveting and compelling story that restores oneʼs faith in humanity . . . a profound lesson to all of us on the vital importance of courage and perseverance to the pursuit of a life of purpose.” –Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Nigeria“A deeply personal and thoughtful book on some of the most important foreign policy issues of our time…

  2. John Donaldson

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf holds a special place in the history of Africa – the first democratically elected president who is a woman. How she got to this point, and what she has achieved on behalf of the people of Liberia, is a substantial story in itself. But this book become something special through the eyes of Riva Levinson, someone who found in Sirleaf more than a leader. These two women share a story of personal challenge against daunting odds and the ability to succeed through relentless determination. This is a story of kindred spirits, one destined to lead a war-torn, fragile country to a more peaceful and prosperous future, the other finding the means to focus her considerable talents on clients she can believe in.I have had a unique point of view as this story developed, as a colleague and friend of Riva’s for thirty years. This book reveals a lot of Riva’s personal history most people haven’t known before, and provides insight into why she and President Sirleaf collaborated…

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