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Condoleezza Rice has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. In this stunning new biography, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W. Bush's national security adviser on September 11, 2001. The audiobook relates the personal voyage of a young black woman out of the segregated American South and also tells the sweeping story of a tumultuous half-century in the nation's history.

In Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, we see Rice's Alabama childhood in Birmingham when it was the central battleground of the civil rights movement, her education in foreign policy, and her confrontations with minorities and women while she was provost at Stanford University in the 1990s. Examining the current administration, Bumiller explores in depth Rice's extraordinarily close relationship with George W. Bush, her battles with Vice President Dick Cheney, and her indirect but crucial role in the ousting of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Bumiller shows us Rice missing clues to the September 11 attacks and waging war against Saddam Hussein. In addition, we watch Rice's recent attempts to salvage the ruins of the Iraq policy she helped create and to avoid war with Iran.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Rice and more than 150 others, Bumiller explores Rice's effectiveness as national security adviser and secretary of state, her longtime political ambitions, and her future on the world stage.

©2007 Elisabeth Bumiller (P)2007 Books on Tape

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Contrast of two viewpoints

The contrast of the two view points - that is the "helpless victim mentality" of the left, as presented by the author and the "no victims allowed" philosophy of Rice's parents is very obvious. The left leaning slant of this book is anything but objective. Ms Bumlier takes every opportunity she can to create class envy and typical rich vs poor babble to minimize the hard work and positive attitude of Condoleezza Rice's family. I learned more about slanted journalism than I did Rice.

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if you hate her read this

The author isn;t writing this with an open mind. I wasted my money

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Backhanded compliments stuffed with hyperbolic liberal goo.

In Clockwork Orange fashion, Liberalism punishes Madam Secretary Rice through melodramatic waterboarding of conservative values. The author and the reader paint a whitewashed and accidentally successful coattail rider of white privilege. You may think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but any opposing view would place the middle on the far-left. Only Liberals should purchase this book as motivation for their own cause. This author would not pass genuine scrutiny for many of her claims.

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Tentative

The author seems pretty tentative in her assessment of Rice.

The narrator should be taught how to pronounce "February," as her pronunciation (Febber-erry) is very distracting.

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  • Linda
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 09-30-08

Objective View of a Public Figure

Writer gives the good and bad of a complex world power.

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