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No Higher Honour by [Rice, Condoleezza]
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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


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 drenchedin 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
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 786 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00604JPP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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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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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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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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I saw her interviewed a couple of times and thought she was an interesting lady.
Reading her book even though I may not agree with her politics, she is a good example
to woman that you can succeed in politics.
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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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Condoleeza Rice eloquently tells her side of the story surrounding various policy-making decisions in the book "No Higher Honor". I am a former active duty navy veteran who plans on rejoining the military via a part-time component between the time period of December 2012-February 2013 (shaped by my intent to permanently live in the D.C. area). This influences me to feel a responsibility of learning what I can about politics the longer I reside here. Reading about some of the difficult decisions she faced going into the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts gave me further insight on what indirectly happens in all of the military branches (in terms of the aftermath regarding the military surges, manpower goals etc.).
The following are some of the vivid points made in her memoir:
Pages 1-12: Dr. Rice describes her first meeting with George W.Bush, and shares why she admires Dean Acheson. A heartwarming moment is illuminated during the discussion of encouragement from her father (John Wesley Rice Jr.). With joyful sentiment, she shares how John Wesley Rice Jr. inspired her achievements. Tragically, he passed away during the Christmas Eve of 2000 (before the beginning of her tenure as George W. Bush's national security advisor).
Page 61: Condoleeza Rice's first meeting with Vladimir Putin is mentioned. On page 85 she candidly tells her discovery that Osama Bin Laden had fought for the Soviet Anti-Resistance. Page 116-117 discloses the essential capture of Abu Zubaydah. It is listed that Abu Zubaydah was the mastermind behind the al Qaeda guide on holding the line against interrogation techniques. Page 118 features information on the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mr. Mohammed was said to have bragged about being Daniel Pearl's executioner.
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