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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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    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12
    pam Vero Beach, FL, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Condoleeza made the 8 years come back to me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Higher Honor to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was such a special treat because the author herself was narrating. I loved her voice. I felt she was really talking to me.


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    david thornhill, ON, Canada 11-25-11
    david thornhill, ON, Canada 11-25-11
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    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

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    Ramsey A'Ve 06-28-15
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    "Madam Secretary Awesome Book"

    The secretary has taken the heartbeat of honor and service and shared it here. Great book and shares the administration from condi's point of view.

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    Mark 02-22-15
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    "A true diplomat"

    Conde is a very bright star in the country who showed true leadership during a very trying time in the world. Should she decide to run for the presidency - she has my vote.

    The story is a great chronology of event during not only the 8 years in office but her entire career

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    David 01-16-15
    David 01-16-15

    Teacher, writer and avid book listener.... My first love is American History. But, every once in a while, its good to have a little brain candy.

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    "Maybe the best audible book ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fascinating book written by and about a fascinating person. The author's voice is an essential part of this powerful book.


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    forkmonkey 01-14-15
    forkmonkey 01-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very detailed and compelling narrative"

    Dr. Rice recounts her service and the major events therein with the precision her academic background enables. You may not agree, but can't help but respect her approach and analysis.

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    Sharon S. 01-03-15
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    "Great book!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed her account of her time in the bush administration.
    Enjoyed listening to her reading as well. Great read I highly recommend it.



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    W. Max Hollmann Florida 03-11-12
    W. Max Hollmann Florida 03-11-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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