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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington | [Condoleezza Rice]

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.
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Publisher's Summary

From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense. It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.

With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administration’s intense efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days after. No day was ever the same. Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.

The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the country’s preparedness for – and immediate response to – the 9-11 attacks. Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nation’s perception of the Administration’s competence during the crisis. Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness.

From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administration’s most effective champion.

©2011 Condoleezza Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Where does No Higher Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was initially intimidated by the length of this book but once engaged I found it fascinating. Condoleezza knows how to tell a story and provide that human element in the big events that is tough to find in the newspapers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Bush comes off well in book but not so for Rumsfeld or Cheney


    What about Condoleezza Rice’s performance did you like?

    Her version of the events we are all familiar with was very believable and she was willing to admit her mishaps along the way. Her insights into other world leaders and their motivations was very interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An inside glimpse at people who made history


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    What made the experience of listening to No Higher Honor the most enjoyable?

    Its having been narrated by Condoleezza herself, with her own 1st hand views! The book could easily be required enjoyable reading for history buffs, especially those with a diplomacy or political science bent. No Higher Honor also goes a long way to dispel perhaps an image she had for a time as the Bush-Cheney mouthpiece. Condoleezza Rice does quite well in her narration (just get used to the way she pronounces "allies") and lets it be well known she had her own voice in all key matters of concern when she was National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State. I particularly enjoyed her candid views of various events and personalities, and the diplomatic processes and how they either facilitated or got in the way of U.S. international relations. I hope we haven't seen the last of Condi on the national stage.


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    When I first downloaded the book, I thought to myself 28 hrs is really long for a book.
    As it turned out Condoleeza had a lot to say (worth listening to) .

    I found her point a view invaluable as I dissect the Bush administration from the inside. Her views of Donald Rumsfeld were interesting(his book is next for me) as were they on Colin Powell. I'm a supporter of George Bush and have read his and Cheney's book along with Karl Roves. They made mistakes and to get all sides of the story you must read, No Higher Honor.
    You will discover a well rounded sensitive person who loves her family and country.
    This is worth the time investment if you like history.

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    Pamela Hazel Crest, IL, United States 06-17-12
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    I am not a political junkie or foreign policy buff but I felt involved in every decision, every negotiation, every trade-off the US had to make as it related to foreign relations during the Bush administration. I have a greater appreciation for the role of the Secretary of State!

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    DonNel 04-23-12
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    She lets you into her world like you are standing right beside her as she witnesses and takes part in critical decisions. She takes you from the extreme highs to the gutter scraping lows. She makes you want to shout for joy and then take shelter from friendly fire. Amazing.

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    I have always admired Ms. Rice and having read her first book this one was the "frosting on the cake".

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    Jsu United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up No Higher Honor in three words, what would they be?

    This book educates people on the inner workings of the White House. The Protocols and Legality that must be attand in these Higher Offices.


    What other book might you compare No Higher Honor to and why?

    Bill Clintons My Life


    What about Condoleezza Rice’s performance did you like?

    All. I'm in love with her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Black Rose in the White House or The Black Rose


    Any additional comments?

    Loved her and I thank her for teaching George Bush!!!!

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    Susan TEMECULA, CA, United States 02-21-12
    Susan TEMECULA, CA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up No Higher Honor in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome woman leader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Condoleezza Rice, because she is so knowledgeable and wise.


    Which character – as performed by Condoleezza Rice – was your favorite?

    Secretary of State - the demands on her schedule were unbelievable!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, there is too much history to take in and so many names to try to get a grip on.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book- truly a learning experience.

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    What did you love best about No Higher Honor?

    This is definitely a different focus from her first book, which was more about her personal experiences growing up. I came in not knowing much about America's foreign policy and managed to learn a lot about it from this book. You still get to glimpse a few snippets of her personal life/habit, though not as much as in the first book (not that it had a lot of it either).


    Have you listened to any of Condoleezza Rice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    About the same, but in this one she is even more controlled of her intonations than in the last one (in which she seemed to get quite emotional when calling an ex-date


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    Malia Nash Hawaii 01-17-12
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    This was truly a fascinating book and gave one a true appreciation for the "public servant" we all take for granted. Unlike other "tell all books", Rice doesn't whine nor point fingers, either at her boss or the media that made everyone's job harder. Nor does she whitewash the mistakes she, herself, made. She EXPLAINS what went into her decisions and her actions...and what comes through is a woman that could have, should have been our first woman president.

    This is a novel of grand scale where the people are headline makers and the behind the scenes are almost juicy in their priviledged access.

    Highly recommend this for gift giving and sharing.

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