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
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.
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.
I loved the book and narration. I hear and believe Rice's passion and commitment to the guiding principles of our nation during some of the most tumultuous time in our history since the Civil War.
Thank you for your service!
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
Teacher, writer and avid reader.... My first love is American History. But, every once in a while, its good to have a little brain candy.
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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