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Twice As Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power Hardcover – May 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Times; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594863628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594863622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President George W. Bush has said of Condoleezza Rice, "Whatever she says, it’s like talking to me." Mabry writes that many of Rice’s sponsors, from Brent Scowcroft to a Marxist professor, have felt the same affinity, each to be "left scratching his head as he saw Rice make a 180-degree turn away from the core beliefs he thought they shared." Mabry, who had Rice’s coöperation here, succeeds in giving coherence to her character, from her roots in segregated Birmingham—where her middle-class parents were both inspired and mortified by Martin Luther King’s radicalism—to her broken engagement to the 1975 N.F.L. Rookie of the Year and her bond with George Bush. On Iraq, Mabry has less to offer, in part, perhaps, because of his subject’s detachment; her supreme self-confidence, he writes, has made it hard for her to recognize the disaster unfolding on her watch.
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"Marcus Mabry uncovers what has never been shown before--what some suspected didn't exist--the personal Condoleezza Rice. A tour de force!"
-Richard Ben Cramer, Author of Joe DiMaggio and What It Takes

"If you think you know superstar Condi Rice, think again, and read this book. Marcus Mabry has dug into her past and present and found someone stronger as a person and weaker as a foreign policy strategist than the usual mythologies. This Condi is pure superhuman steel and a true believer in whatever cause she marries, almost no matter how contradictory the causes. All this is told by a real reporter with old-fashioned fairness."
-Leslie H. Gelb, former foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations
 
"Marcus Mabry has given us a remarkable portrait of one of the most remarkable figures of our time, or of any time: a woman who rose from the segregated South to command the world stage as America's emissary to the globe. Deeply reported and vividly told, Mabry's new book offers us an indispensable window onto Condoleezza Rice, an American original whose story is far from over. This is a vital work for anyone who wants to understand modern foreign policy and its makers."
-Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and Founding Fathers
 
"Twice as Good is a riveting, deeply revealing portrait of the woman who became 'the face of America' around the world - Condoleezza Rice - arguably one of the most powerful, complex and enigmatic black women of our times. With rare access, solid reporting and deft writing, Mabry chronicles Condoleezza Rice's extraordinary strengths, as well as her sometimes surprisingly blinding weaknesses, including her fierce loyalties to those she cares about, including George W. Bush. Marcus Mabry's books may be as close as anyone gets to knowing how a black girl from the segregated South traveled the road not taken and re-drew the map."
-Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of New News out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance

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Excellent personal interviews, excellent research, and excellent story-telling.
K. Vestal
Nevertheless, one does have a choice, and Rice truly exemplifies what a person can do to defeat any hardships one encounters.
Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty
I felt Mr. Mabry was unbiased, factual, and one heck of a writer ....looking forward to his next book.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It has always seemed to me that writing a biography about a living person is fraught with intellectual risk and potential embarrassment. After all, living human beings are never static and one can well imagine that on the very day a particular biography is published, the subject of the work has undergone a recent metamorphoses and is no longer the person written about. (By the way, I admit to having the same fear about making statements which I deem to be "absolutely certain"; I just know that if I absolutely deny the existence of unicorns, one will show up in my backyard the next day!) Anyway, I have to admire Marcus Mabry's willingness to tackle a biography of Condoleezza Rice. She is still alive and well and, moreover, holds a very controversial political position in very controversial times. Not only is Rice one of the most powerful public figures in the world; she is also a Republican, more or less politically "conservative," a person of the female gender and, most notably I think, a person of "color" -- a Black leader in a predominately White establishment. She is, in fact, the first Black woman to hold an office as high as U.S. secretary of state. No mean feat, that.

There are two important points that need to be emphasized at the outset. First, this is the first biography of Rice to be written since she assumed her role as U.S. secretary of state. Second, it is apparently the first biography with which she has cooperated and, also apparently, without putting any editorial restrictions on the author. As far as I can judge -- admittedly from a distance -- Mabry is as "fair and balanced" (as the popular saying goes) as can be expected. I found no particular "agenda" on his part nor any specific bias in dealing with the subject at hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Vestal on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
My immediate impression of this book was the extreme bias of the author, an impression that increased as I continued reading. Mabry is almost never invisible here, and his personal political voice and attempts to psychoanalyze Condoleezza Rice are intrusive to an otherwise fantastic biography.

The personal stories of Rice's roots and childhood, the fantastic collection of photos, and the description of Jim Crow Birmingham make it well worth the effort of wading through the writer's commentary. I laughed out loud at some of the stories of Rice's childhood, and I cried at the story of the church bombing. I enjoyed reading her speeches and her personal quotes. I enjoyed reading of her years of education and her "path to power." I felt I knew her.

This book had the potential to be a five-star publication had it stuck to the biography genre, with an invisible author. Excellent personal interviews, excellent research, and excellent story-telling. But as a reader I want to make my own interpretations. Just tell me the story.
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By Jo on December 10, 2012
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Good condition - although I'm not completely sure yet but it almost sounds like the author may not be a fan of Condoleezza Rice which if that's the case I'll end up donating it to a second hand store.
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By queen on October 21, 2012
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I learned a lot about Condi. She seem quiet and introverted but she really was outgoing. It was interesting to learn how much she did at such a young age.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Buy Stuff on January 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Allow me to preface and say that I'm not a fan of biographies for several reasons: boring, innacurate, bias, incomplete, etc....but Marcus Mabry has done his homework and then some. Should you read this, you won't regret it and you'll walk away informed and armed with enough resources to keep any poli sci buff occupied for months (of which I AM NOT) . I'm a Republican that voted for Obama, so don't box me in and try to refrain from assumptions. I felt Mr. Mabry was unbiased, factual, and one heck of a writer ....looking forward to his next book. And BTW, this is a biography about Condoleeza Rice, not George W. Bush, not politics, and not a college course on political science - so to the reviewers that rated the book based on something for which this was book NOT intended, please think about the title of Mabry's book and the definition of biography. :)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Diva on May 17, 2008
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This really helped me to understand our Secretary of State. The book also provided a good review of what was happening in Birmingham during the 60's.
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