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Felix presents a well-written, highly readable portrait of national security adviser Condoleezza "Condi" Rice. It's hard to resist the story of a black woman born in segregated Birmingham, Ala., in 1954, who broke down every barrier to excel in an arena dominated by white men. Felix (Laura: America's First Lady, First Mother) credits an extraordinary upbringing-parents wholly devoted to their only child's achievement through education and public service. Her father, John Rice, a Presbyterian minister and academic, was her primary role model, while her mother, a pianist and teacher, instilled in her a continuing love for piano playing. Felix explores the woman behind the powerful position: her diverse passions, from football to music, weight training to Russia; a fluent reader by age five and at 38 the first black, first woman and youngest person to become provost at Stanford University; the first woman national security adviser. Although Felix didn't interview Rice, this informative biography draws on a thorough list of secondary sources and on interviews with family, friends and colleagues. Because her media profile has risen dramatically since September 11 and there has been talk of her running for office in the future, those wanting to find out more about the most prominent woman in foreign policy today won't be disappointed with this thorough and engaging profile. 16 pages of b&w photos.
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In this portrait of President Bush's national security advisor, Felix (Laura: America's First Lady, First Mother) presents Rice as perhaps the most influential woman in the history of the U.S. government. Rice has had a distinguished career as scholar, professor, and provost, but here her passions for music, football, and Russia get equal play.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439196788
  • ASIN: B005DIBBL6
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antonia Felix is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen nonfiction books and a medical thriller, FATAL REMEDY. Her political biographies include SONIA SOTOMAYOR: THE TRUE AMERICAN DREAM (Berkley/Penguin USA) and WESLEY K. CLARK: A BIOGRAPHY (Newmarket Press). As the first biographer of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman, and other prominent political women, she has spoken and lectured frequently on women in power and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, SkyNews, NPR, PBS's "Washington Journal," CNN International, BBC, CBS Radio, Sirius X|M, and others, and is featured in the award-winning 2010 documentary "American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi."

Ms. Felix's public speaking appearances have included the Robert Dole Institute of Politics, Columbia-Montour Women's Conference, Ozark and Tallgrass Creative Writing workshops, and Iowa Book Festival. To commemorate International Women's Day 2014, she moderated a panel about women's roles in promoting democracy in the Middle East and Iran at the U.S. House of Representatives.

The author's other biographies profile musical figures Andrea Bocelli, Harry Connick, Jr., and musical savant Tony Deblois, the latter three reflecting her professional background in music as a classical singer who has performed in concert and recital in many cities including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Paris, Moscow, and Prague. She studied music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mannes College of Music in New York City, and Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris.

An adjunct professor at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. Felix holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Wichita State University, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a B.A. in Psychology from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives on a ranch near St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, Stanford Felix.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. SHARP on November 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This biography provides an overview of the life, education, and career of Condoleezza Rice. While not an in-depth psychological profile or scholarly critique, it is a more than adequate comprehensive gathering of facts from articles and interviews. There is a plethora of quotes from both Rice and her acquaintances and family members. Further analysis and deeper treatment will come after her tenure in the White House, but - for now - this is a good brief introduction to this impressive American.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Fitzpatrick on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book to learn more about the woman who is our new Secretary of State and I'm glad I did. It seems she's been on the track to get where she is almost from the time she was born.

Although born in segregated Birmingham, her parents tried to shield her from those realities and instead focused her upbringing on scholastic achievement and church. Her parents, very accomplished and community involved people, made sure Dr. Rice had every opportunity growing up.

The fact that Dr. Rice initially studied to become a concert pianist, until she realized she didn't have what it takes to be a success didn't surprise me. Neither did the fact that she was bright enough to skip two grades and was very young when she graduated college. I was suprised to learn that Dr. Rice initially registered as a Democrat and voted for Jimmy Carter. It was that administrations Soviet polices (and her belief in small government) that turned her into a Republican.

This book details the public face/life of Dr. Rice (the schooling, jobs, etc). Her private life is barely mentioned (no gossip here). For example, the fact that she's dated several football players is mentioned (briefly) but not discussed in any depth (the gentlemen's names aren't even included). What finally emerges is a portrait of an extremely bright, accomplished woman who loves her job, her friends and family and football.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Salzer on November 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Condoleezza Rice, in what amounts to a relatively short amount of time spent in public service, has seen her political stock literally catapult of late. From being a child piano prodigy to entering the University of Denver at age 15, to becoming the youngest Provost ever at Stanford, to becoming the first female National Security Advisor ever, Condi has not only met, but conquered all incoming challenges. Through the adversity of war and liberal critics, she has maintained her customary charm, intelligence, mental fortitude, and the ability to hold her own with anyone.
This book provides a brief, yet somewhat lacking, look into the maturation of Condoleezza Rice from a piano prodigy to that of a Russian virtuoso and superb foreign relations advisor. From a young age, her parents instilled in her values that she not only talks about, but lives by, in her life today; such values as self responsibility, equality and freedom for all, unwavering adherence to one's moral principles of right and wrong, a strong faith in God, and of course, a tireless work ethic that is to be lauded, if not emulated, by all. Dr. Rice is, without question, the most powerful woman in America. She has been intrumental in the unification of Germany under Bush 41, has been indispensable in her meetings with Vladimir Putin, has been resolute and positive during times of adversity, and has maintained her belief in the ideals and principles on which America was founded.
With her background and abilities, she no doubt has a bright future - possibly as Secretary of State, VP, Senator, or maybe even President. This book, despite its quasi-adequate background of Dr. Rice, provides little of her exploits as NSA. Overall, a good and insightful read about a fascinating individual - albeit without much substance.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Being an admirer of Condoleeza Rice, I was really looking forward to reading her life story. However the book reads more like a very very long and protracted resume rather than a story about someone's life. I think I expected to learn more about Dr Rice the person, rather than all the political accomplishments. For me, (and perhaps many others who like biographies/ autobiographies) reading stories about people, how they think, how they approach life, their dreams, their joys and sorrows and of course their accomplishments has always been inspirational. One gets the sense however, that the author of this book does not really know Dr Rice and writes about her "from a distance" per say. I guess I'll just have to wait for the autobiography.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JK on August 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book out of curiosity. I don't share much of Dr. Rice's political philosophy. However, she and I are the same age and I was interested in her background.
This book will serve as an adequate source of information for those, like me, mildly interested in Dr. Rice and her background. In no way does this book cover the more private aspects of her personality or motivations in life. Perhaps there's no way it could, being so contemporary.
Certainly the book documents Dr. Rice's life from her early days in a segregated society all the way to her appointment at the NSA. After reading this book I can understand much better why she is so comfortable with the Bush and Cheney families. She came from the elite black society of segregation, then moved into wealthy white society.
It is clear that Dr. Rice has been a person of discipline and achievement her whole life. This book doesn't delve into her personal life; it's not one of those 'intimate' biographies at all. In fact, the lack of insight into her personal life is rather noticeable, providing less information than the average biography.
This book could certainly serve as one of those quick-and-easy documents meant to fuel political campaigns. It's a light and quick read, which is all I wanted on the subject.
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