No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
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...more
As political memoirs go, this bulky autobiography merits a careful, deliberate reading. It runs a bit long, flushing out an abundance of non-eseential details and catchy anecdotes. There are plenty of recollections and profiles of world leaders.
In foreign affairs perception is everything. Words are carefully crafted to eliminate an ...more
This book is one to be reread in a few months, maybe more than once. It’s a remarkable history of the eight years of the Bush presidency. Whatever one thinks of the policies she espoused on behalf of the president, Condoleezza Rice had dignity, poise, thought on her feet, and spent an incredible amount of time smoothing the feathers of various ...more
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A highly candid and detailed memoir of one of the highest ranking African-American women in the Bush administration. As observed from the halls of the White House, Dr. Rice shares her tension with some high ranking officials in Congress and vario ...more
My favorite part of the book was the epilogue, which was a delightful pep-talk about Democracy and the Arab Spring. I don't tend to agree with the GOP, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this book. This book helped me realize that I'm more of an independent than I ever gave myself credit for (I agree with GOP more than I thought). ...more
By Toby Harnden
15 November 2011
2011 Telegraph Group Limited, London
There’s a saying in Washington that every political memoir can be boiled down to six words: “If Only They’d Listened to Me." If that’s true then C ...more
First, I definitely recommend listening to this book in audio format. Condi herself does the narration, and hearing her voice gives you a sense of her poise and competence.
Second, don't expect this book to feel like a true autobiography/memoir. Although it is Condi's story in that it follows e ...more
But this book does shine light on the Bush Administration. You thought they were disorganized. That maybe they didn't think everything through. You have no idea. She reveals some of what we already know: Donny Rumsfe ...more