10 Questions for Colin Powell

Four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell on leadership, war and public parking

Stephen Voss for TIME

In It Worked for Me, you write that the two months you spent mulling a run for the presidency were the most difficult of your life. Why?
I never had any political aspirations. I'm a career soldier. But then I leave the Army, and my [first] book comes out, and there's this enormous interest in my running for office. I felt something of a guilt trip. A soldier always wants to do what he's supposed to do. But there was not a morning when I put my feet on the floor and said, "This is right for me. This...

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