From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.
This is a must listen for anyone interested in the study of democratic function globally, and it's associated struggles. Ms. Rice is clearly a respected expert on the subject and draws upon her wealth of experience to craft a story that is engaging, interesting, and that has never been more important. This is not a political by nature, which is what initially drew me to the book. Rather, this examines institutions and measures that are vital to the sustained success of any democracy.
The performance is wonderful as well. Grace Angela Henry has an incredibly similar diction to Condoleezza, which makes the performance seem personal.
I particularly enjoyed the sections of democracies in Eastern Europe, including present day Ukraine, Poland, Russia and the former USSR. Her background as a soviet specialist makes for a deeply personal interpretation of modern and historical realities.