I started listening to your book today and did nine hours. So glad you narrated it yourself...luv listen to you and can feel your displeasure, pain and accomplishments. The last chapter of section one 14, I'm embarrassed that Canada did not stand with you...and Tony Blair is a great prime minister...Canada hasn't had that since Trudeau. Hope you have a happy thanks giving and thanks for sharing your honor and service
Non Fiction Reader
This is a highly disappointing book. It offers no insights of her time in the NSC or the State Department. It reads like she looked over notes jotted on a travel itinerary and considers that enough to tell the readers. A travel log would contain more in-depth information. There are anecdotes of important meetings that are glossed over and conclude with "and we had a press conference." Nothing about what was discussed (in any detail) or the ideas behind the press conference or the motivation for the meetings themselves.. She's simply there and off to the next place. Descriptions of world leaders are shallow, more focused on their appearences, what they wore or the office decor. One could get a better feel of historyand mission by reading a newspaper. Not only am I disappointed but surprised. It makes Bush's foreign policy look amateurish and unfocused...which is was not. Unfortunately,we will have to wait for a more astute observer of her time in the White House. As for the performance. Rice has a tendency to swallow words and the end of sentences. I listen and ask, "what did she say?". "What country was that?" One either has to go back (not an option while driving) or hope she amplfies later on.
Excellent listen! Books read by the author offer much more than other titles. The only minor problem was with playing the audio volume. The author seemed to get quiet in spots.
This was extraordinarily comprehensive. As this was a time I lived through, I noticed how I was far enough removed to see how the decisions of yesteryear bear on the present. There was no whining or defensiveness and the pace was given at a rate I took to be designed for information retention (read by the author). While I do not believe it to be fully intentional, one overarching takeaway I had was political management - not in terms of message or policy management, but political personality management within and between government officials. It is an unenviable job, but one that certainly matters.
Dr. Rice is a brilliant woman who gave great insight on very challenging times from the perspective of a high-ranking government official. This book is heavy on detail: everything from the intricacies of foreign policy, to the esoteric personal traits of world leaders is masterfully laid out in an stimulating, but comprehendable manner. I really enjoyed her recollections of standing up for herself; and I especially enjoyed her candor.
Loved the inside look at diplomacy and what it looks like to work close to the president of the United States!
Condoleezza Rice rocks!
Yes, I would. This book provided copious details regarding the Bush years, and stands as an historical primer on that time period.
Condi was always very honest about both the successes and failures that occurred during her watch. This, like all administrations, is a story that is very human at its core.
She is genuine and sincere. She does not pull punches, yet is able to remain classy and professional.
A Perspective From Someone Who Was There
As a history buff and proud American, I can say without a doubt that Condoleeza Rice was and is a great American and a great human being. She is brilliant, eloquent, and a shining role model for all of us. This book is a huge treasure trove of detailed information pertaining to people and events during one of the most tumultuous time periods in our nation's history. One gets a very deep impression that she did the best she could with the information and resources she had, and constantly worked tirelessly for the higher good. Hearing this book in her own voice was truly a treat and an honor. Thank you Dr. Rice, for all you have done on behalf of this great nation that both you and I love so much.
Ms Rice does al excellent and compelling job of narrating the story, providing an entertaining and educational view of the politics behind what appears on the surface (news) to be solid team work. And the dangers of this type of work can be in other parts of the world. Great read, well listen😀
this book was written interviewing Ramos tell all done. You can tell she is not running for office. Condoleezza comes off as a very intelligent and well thought-out person it's an interesting view of the Bush years. I'm not a bush fan but I found this book extremely interesting I wanted to know a little bit more about how and administration can make certain decisions. I think she did a good job of explaining that.
An amazing account of some of the toughest years in our recent history: 2001 to 2008. Condoleezza Rice does an excellent job outlining the most important aspects of diplomacy, policy and government. She is somebody to be admired.