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No Higher Honor Audiobook

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

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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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    david thornhill, ON, Canada 11-25-11
    david thornhill, ON, Canada 11-25-11
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    "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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    Josh Telfer 02-20-17
    Josh Telfer 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Share point dread 02-17-17
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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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    Charles B. Moss Gainesville, FL USA 02-03-17
    Charles B. Moss Gainesville, FL USA 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Alice 01-10-17
    Alice 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Eve Grissom 11-07-16
    Eve Grissom 11-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Modern History Matters!"

    This was extraordinarily comprehensive. As this was a time I lived through, I noticed how I was far enough removed to see how the decisions of yesteryear bear on the present. There was no whining or defensiveness and the pace was given at a rate I took to be designed for information retention (read by the author). While I do not believe it to be fully intentional, one overarching takeaway I had was political management - not in terms of message or policy management, but political personality management within and between government officials. It is an unenviable job, but one that certainly matters.

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    Kevin 10-27-16
    Kevin 10-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great insight from a brilliant woman"

    Dr. Rice is a brilliant woman who gave great insight on very challenging times from the perspective of a high-ranking government official. This book is heavy on detail: everything from the intricacies of foreign policy, to the esoteric personal traits of world leaders is masterfully laid out in an stimulating, but comprehendable manner. I really enjoyed her recollections of standing up for herself; and I especially enjoyed her candor.

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    David 10-17-16
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    "Great insight into working close to the President"

    Loved the inside look at diplomacy and what it looks like to work close to the president of the United States!
    Condoleezza Rice rocks!

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    M. MacGowan California 05-13-16
    M. MacGowan California 05-13-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "A Must Read For Geopolitics Enthusiasts"
    Would you listen to No Higher Honor again? Why?

    Yes, I would. This book provided copious details regarding the Bush years, and stands as an historical primer on that time period.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Condoleezza Rice’s performance did you like?

    She is genuine and sincere. She does not pull punches, yet is able to remain classy and professional.


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

    A Perspective From Someone Who Was There


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    bradb 05-06-16
    bradb 05-06-16
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    "A great behind the scene view"

    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😀

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