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
The inside information on global politics.
United States Government responses to world events. The way it was told.
Flat, analytical, and exact.
In Depth Foreign Policy During the Bush Administration
This one was probably just a little over my head, but it was not an audiobook that made me want to keep listening. Maybe it would be a better read. If you like foreign policy and have a good attention span, this is a good buy. I continue to admire Condoleezza Rice, but don't start this book with the expectation of it keeping you on the edge of your seat.
I have three Daughters and it gives me No Greater Honor, to sit with them as we listen together of the great service you gave to this country. Standing here today give me such great honor that in a time when our country is greatly divided, three are still "female leaders like yourself who I can use as a measuring stick for my daughters. Dr Rice continue to make your parents proud and most of all continue to make your race and gender proud God bless.
I think this is my fourth read on the Bush administration. They have all been good. History requires the participant's accounts. Outside criticism by the Monday morning quarterbacks and armchair generals lack depth. This administration has specific problems in that a hostile press set the narrative. After listening, I still disagree with several actions. However, it is clear that the policy views were thought out and valid. However, I think the book is a little long.
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😀