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No Higher Honour [Hardcover]

Condoleezza Rice
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1 Nov 2011
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. 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. 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.

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857208071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857208071
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In her memoir, NO HIGHER HONOR, Rice looks back, offering unexpected candor about her tenure as national security adviser in Bush's first term and as secretary of state...the [book's] moments of self-doubt and regrets are a revelation...Rice offers sharp and penetrating portraits of foreign leaders...Her memoir is a reminder that foreign-policy choices facing the United States are complex and difficult, with no easy solutions...Rice has acquitted herself well in telling her side of the story; now she awaits the judgment of history."--The Washington Post "Rice provides a vivid account of the tumultuous years after Sept. 11, 2001...the 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."--The New York Times"The fascination of Rice's 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 Qaeda's attacks on the United States in 2001. Rice's account of the immediate aftermath, as seen from inside the halls of the White House, is both vivid and disturbing."--Newsweek"Condoleezza Rice has a lot in common with Henry A. Kissinger...Now, like Kissinger, Rice has written a memoir drenched in details of the daily work of diplomacy...hers is a great story."--Bloomberg.com"Important...her stories [of the aftermath of 9-11] add texture to the well-known history of those days and weeks, sometimes movingly so."--Wall Street Journal"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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CONDOLEEZZA RICE was the 66th US secretary of state and the first black woman to hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman ever to serve as national security adviser, was provost of Stanford from 1993 to 1999, and served as the Soviet and East European Affairs adviser during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 8 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
Dr Rice is undoubtedly a highly intelligent and gifted person who has had a demanding career in American political life. Her book is a fascinating insight into the demands and pressures on people who hold high office and have to make decisions that have far-reaching implications in a constantly changing world.

That said, however, the book is very much in the tradition of self-serving memoirs by people who have left high office: it is a vehicle for polishing one's own record and for settling old scores.

The book is much too detailed (766 pages) and reads like a committee's report of an official inquiry rather than a personal memoir. This should not come as a surprise, however, when you note in the acknowledgements section that she thanks her 'senior research assistant...who contributed to story lines...' ... and her 'invaluable research team' of four people, with 'important contributions' from seven others. She then thanks 'my team in California' including her 'new, indefatigable chief of staff', and several others including her 'longtime assistant' and 'others in my office' (five of them named). Quite a 'memoir'!

Although I read the massive tome from cover to cover I was surprised by some of Dr Rice's omissions. For example, she omitted to mention in her detailed account of the events of 9/11 that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who flew the aircraft were Saudi nationals. No mention, either, of the dozens of Saudi nationals who scuttled back to Saudi Arabia from the US a few days after 9/11.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coy Condi? 6 Dec 2012
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One of the most intriguing women in world politics Condi rice reveals very little of herself or her colleagues in what is an interesting but not fascinating tour de resume of her NSA and State career.
The admiration remains but shes clearly very loyal to Bush43 as she calls him and Coloin Powell. Not so pally with Rumsfeld and Cheney or one to lift the curtain much on how she really felt about some issues .
Too scholarly perhaps but then she is an academic and writes like one
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting insight 5 July 2014
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I found this a very interesting insight to the Bush years from a unique perspective. Ms Rice work as NSA and Sec of State so has first hand knowledge of the most inner workings and thoughts of the period. Very insightful and enjoyable to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 April 2014
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Very good read, lots of detail about her experiences in public office. This is a big book, over 740 pages!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A long insighful read 15 July 2013
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My title probably reads as a criticism; in some ways yes - the book is a very long read and in places very detailed and the odd place l felt a little too detailed for my purposes. But this is a book that describes Dr Rice time in Government. It is a very good read, whilst many will view any writing by Dr Rice as an attempt to justify issues that the administration dealt with - actually l think Dr Rice achieves a good balance. She does not apologise for actions, but she recognizes were mistakes were made. Many reading this book will focus on Afghanistan and Iraq so it was pleasing that Dr Rice described the many other policies and situations that she found herself in. There was quite a few moments reading this book l raised a smile and a chuckle. A good read but yes be prepared for the long-haul.
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