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Americans Still Believe in Powell’s Principles



Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s memoir is titled “An American Journey.” It begins “I have had a great life.” So he did; so it was.

Powell’s death this week at 84 ended a quintessential American story. The son of immigrants, he grew up in modest circumstances in the Bronx, gathered his “gang”—which he described as two blacks, two Lithuanians and a Puerto Rican—and struggled until he found his life’s course by joining the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the City College of New York.




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