Interesting, inspiring and entertaining.
Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a story about family, love, dedication and triumph over pain. It is beautifully written and I love that Ms. Rice read it herself.
Regardless of your political views, Condoleezza Rice's story illustrates the american dream. Raised during a time of horrible racial tension, through education and being raised with a strong sense of self, she became a power presence in american politics and culture. Prior to reading this book, I knew very little about her, aside of the fact that she is a very polarizing individual. After reading this book, I must admit that I am now a bit smitten with Condi. She is a powerful women with the courage to stand by her beliefs. I may not agree with all of her views, but I respect her immensely. The sacrifices her parents were willing to make for her seem limitless. The fact that she admits not being as appreciative as she should have been and to being a procrastinator endeared her to me. In my mind, she is much more approachable and she is truly an extraordinary, ordinary person.
To hear Condoleezza speak about her issues growing up during a very difficult time and sharing the good times was great.
To hear how much her parents supported her and gave everything to her that they could and would even find a way to get her what they could not afford is a true Parent's love story.
To hear Condoleezza speak really helps the reader hear the emotion of the story.
When her parents registered to vote and how her mother was given a simple question and passed so she was able to register as a democrat. Her father with darker skin was given an impossible question and he failed to register as a democrat. So he found a way to register...with the Republican Party. It is not the fact that her parents registered for one party or the other, but the story shed light on how they were excluded.
I found the book enjoyable and I learned more than I expected to. I had always thought Ms. Rice was an extraordinary person, but I never realized how ordinary she was. I found her story real and could relate to her relationship with her parents, family and friends.
I have always respected her all of her accomplishments. I found myself agreeing with her feelings about former President Carter (he was also the first president I voted for) and I felt sad when her parents passed away. This book made Ms. Rice seem more real to me.
Her relationship with her parents.
Hearing it in her voice made it more believeable.
I thought it was funny that when she graduated high school and her name was misspelled on her diploma and her mom returned it to the school requesting a new diploma with the corrected name. It was only until much later after Ms. Rice had lamented the details of why she did not have a diploma that the school sent her a new diploma with the corrected name. I though that was funny and it spoke volumns about how ordinary she was.
Wow This family, these people, their love, their work. What a special flame they ignited. Can you imagine what she still can do? Role models to us....one and all.
She was sitting in the room with me and speaking to me. Thank you.
I cried when she told me of her loss of her mother and father.
I have listened to many biographies and this one definitely ranks very high. I loved the way Condoleezza wove the story of her parents, grandparents and her own growing up and career seamlessly together....good, good writing and very interesting.
Why Condoleezza Rice, who else?
Too many to choose, but I think when the Stanford students were having a sit-in to object to a policy that Provost Rice had implemented...Condoleezza's response was priceless. You'll have to listen to find out. :-)
Both laugh and cry...just a very enjoyable book especially because she reads it herself.
I'm going to see if her latest book is on Audible. I sure hope so.
I have been a fan of Dr. Condoleezza Rice for some time and have read the Antonia Felix and Mary Dodson Wade books. Extraordinary, Ordinary People is the story of her formative years up until her working for the Bush family and the government. I chose to read this book prior to reading No Higher Honor and to read them one immediately after the other. This turned out to be a good choice since much of what Dr. Rice does as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State were influenced by those early experiences. This first book is the story of a middle class African American girl who experienced life before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and after. She readily admits benefiting from affirmative action and the new found freedom issuing from the Civil Rights Act. The volume is full of raw remembrances of her childhood and the Jim Crow era. The reader should remember that this is a memoir and not history. Further, Dr. Rice is an academic with wide government experience and not a literary figure, per se. The prose reads similarly. It is clear, concise, and to the point. It is not great literature and that is not its intent. Anyone who will read the book taking the stores as they appear will be richly rewarded for the effort. Dr. Rice reads this book which is a plus.
If you like her wikipedia entry, then this book is for you. If however, you looked at the cover presented and expected an account of what it was like to grow up in the deep South, of what it means to be an American who grew up in segregation, of what the country means to you having experienced both the worst and the best, choose another book.
Absolutely, if it told her story rather than presented a timeline of her life
As my writing teacher used to say 'Show me, don't tell me'
The beginning of the book, where Rice talks abotu growing up in Birmingham is fascinating. It is very personal.
This book provided such an indepth understanding of the path that Ms Rice took in her life to attain all of her accomplishments. It was such an unexpected great story! I couldn't stop listening.
I love Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, by Condoleezza Rice, because it speaks to me. My parents grew up in the South, but my family has none of the experiences that most people think of when they think of the southern living in the 50s. There are three reasons for this:
1. My grandparents were educated .My grandmother was a midwife who worked in the local community. I don’t know what my grandfather did for a living but I know he worked outside of the home.
2. My grandparents owned their land. They farmed and often employed people in the community to help in the fields.
3. My grandparents raised their children away from racism and segregation. They had a big family so they are at home and a avoided issues like “white only” restrooms when raising their kids. My mother and her siblings went to the private family school so there was no segregation on that front either. My grandparents had their own car so there was never an occasion to sit at the back of the bus.
This means that my mom grew up in middle to upper middle class home. That is a stark contrast from what most people think of when they think of the deep south in the 1950s. The standard portrayal usually involves uneducated black people in the service community. People tend to ignore the stories of people who do not fit that image. The Help is an example of this type of “love to adore the servant black character” fiction and it is disgusting when a book like that gets such rave reviews for reinforcing negative stereotypes by having boring characters filling roles that we have seen over and over again. I often wonder if the people who give books like this great review are nursing some desire to return to a world like that.
Reading Condi’s book felt like coming home. It was the first time that I read a book about a black family in the south that resonated with me. Her stories are similar to my stories. I enjoyed reading about her journey because it was more similar to my journey