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

Great read (listen)

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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Honorable

This is a great book, it's personable and informative. The hopeful tone of Condi is evident through her retelling of even the toughest moments.

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Lesson

Great lesson about workings of government and the nuances and difficulty and responsibilities of being the world’s leader.

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This reading is an eye opening experience.

I was always impress with Condoleezza Rice by the fact that she is the first African American woman to be named Secretary of State. However, in this reading I have become to admire her for her passion and direct approach to human rights and the ideals of peace throughout the world. It was a real eye opening reading for me and I can most definitively see her impact around the world. There should be more people like her. She makes her family proud, her gender proud and America proud. Thanks for sharing this great detail account of your time in office during the George Bush administration and God bless you.

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Great, very informative

Dr. Condaleeza Rice is wonderful at explaining the goings on of our diplomatic corp. great

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Insightful

Insightful into the duties of the day to day for SoS. More or less just a diary and step by step of time in white house. Good info and informative.

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Easy to walk away from

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

The inside information on global politics.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

United States Government responses to world events. The way it was told.

What three words best describe Condoleezza Rice’s performance?

Flat, analytical, and exact.

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

In Depth Foreign Policy During the Bush Administration

Any additional comments?

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.

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My three Daughters

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.

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Great Book, a little long

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.

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Condolences Rice

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.