No Higher Honor - Condoleezza Rice - 2011 Unabridged 32kbps
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Hardcover: 784 pages
Publisher: Crown (November 1, 2011)
ΓΓé¼┼ôIn her memoir, NO HIGHER HONOR, Rice looks back, offering unexpected candor about her tenure as national security adviser in BushΓΓé¼Γäós first term and as secretary of stateΓΓé¼ªthe [bookΓΓé¼Γäós] moments of self-doubt and regrets are a revelationΓΓé¼ªRice offers sharp and penetrating portraits of foreign leadersΓΓé¼ªHer memoir is a reminder that foreign-policy choices facing the United States are complex and difficult, with no easy solutionsΓΓé¼ªRice has acquitted herself well in telling her side of the story; now she awaits the judgment of history.ΓΓé¼┬¥
--The Washington Post
ΓΓé¼┼ôRice provides a vivid account of the tumultuous years after Sept. 11, 2001ΓΓé¼ªthe latest in a string of memoirs emerging from Bush administration figures trying to define the history of their tenure [this book is] the most expansive record of those eight years by any of the leading participants.ΓΓé¼┬¥
--The New York Times
ΓΓé¼┼ôThe fascination of RiceΓΓé¼Γäós memoir, and it is fascinating, is less in the broad vision put forth for a more democratic world than in the gritty description of the way decisions were made in the White House and in the State Department as the Bush Administration sought to adapt to a universe radically changed by Al QaedaΓΓé¼Γäós attacks on the United States in 2001. RiceΓΓé¼Γäós account of the immediate aftermath, as seen from inside the halls of the White House, is both vivid and disturbing.ΓΓé¼┬¥
About the Author
CONDOLEEZZA RICE was the sixty-sixth U.S. Secretary of State and the first black woman to hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor. She is a professor at Stanford University, and co-founder of the RiceHadley Group. Rice is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
From one of the worldΓΓé¼Γäós most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceΓΓé¼Γäós compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as AmericaΓΓé¼Γäós 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 ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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 AdministrationΓΓé¼Γäós intense efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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 countryΓΓé¼Γäós preparedness for ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£ and immediate response to ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£ the 9-11 attacks. Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nationΓΓé¼Γäós perception of the AdministrationΓΓé¼Γäós 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 AdministrationΓΓé¼Γäós most effective champion.
In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the PresidentΓΓé¼Γäós foreign policy as Secretary of State. As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by AmericaΓΓé¼Γäós enemies. Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the worldΓΓé¼Γäós relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour -- and at a momentΓΓé¼Γäós notice -- she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.
No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.
Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft -- but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.