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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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--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.”
“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.”
“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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If you believe the war was justified then everything that Dr. Rice --- who served as Bush's National Security Advisor in his first term and his Secretary of State in the second term --- writes in this book will make perfect sense to you, especially Condi's assessment of the necessity for going to war:
THE PRESENTATION of the case against Saddam had three elements. First, we would review his transgressions against the international community and against his own people. Saddam had signed a ceasefire agreement in 1991 and was systematically violating every aspect of it. Second, we would inform the world of what we knew about his continuing pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, his support for terrorism, and his oppression of his own people. Finally, we would paint a picture of the dangers inherent in failing to address the decade-old threat of Saddam Hussein.
If you've already convinced yourself that Bush was a warmongering cowboy then you won't think much of this book and have no reason to buy it. Because people have already hardened their positions either supporting or opposing the Iraq War, the book isn't likely to be read with an inquisitive spirit of trying to learn anything new.Read more ›
I read the entire book, all fifty-eight chapters, within several days - don't expect a quick easy read - this is a detailed and focused foreign policy book by Dr. Condi Rice who educates the reader as she travels thruout the world skillfully engaging world leaders in helping solve serious global problems, most of which seem unsolvable.
How refreshing to read an honest memoir by a young intelligent academic who held her president in high esteem yet refused to be intimidated by him or anyone else for that matter! I suggest you read her first memoir published last year up to the point of accepting the position of National Security Advisor, before you read this one. It will provide a background for this lengthy book describing her White House years with George W. Bush.
This book is a "window" into the White House inner circle. You will learn just what a National Security Advisor actually does. Later, following Colin Powell as Secretary of State, Condi literally takes the reader with her as she travels all over the world for four years with very little time for rest and recreation. As a talented musician she relaxed by playing piano, dining with friends and family, and learning to play a little golf. She explains how her faith sustained her during crisis after crisis, frustrations, and disappointments. She respected other opinions, knew world leaders on a first name basis, and won hearts with her calm demeanor. She gives credit to her deputies and assistants - a nice touch.Read more ›
The arduous task of international relations is described and reviewed as a cumbersome process, often ruled by `Murphy's Law.' Many of these problems are intractable with no immediate solution in sight. The first and starts are often reversed and have to be continuously redone and revisited.
I found the chapters dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 and the nettlesome diplomatic issues surrounding the Middle East, North Korea, China and Russia insightful. Partial progress on a variety of fronts was made, but set-backs also occurred. Notable successes were also achieved, but the reader needs to read the book to fully grasp the outcomes and details.
The book clearly demonstrates that President Bush was cognizant of issues confronting him and could make a quick decision as to what needed to be done. In short, President Bush "gets it" and did so from the get-go with a clear vision and understanding of the paradigms and boundary decisions that guided his decisions.
If I had a criticism of the book it is this. Although referencing the framework of American security and diplomatic issues in a few sentences and phrases, it wasn't until the Epilogue that Dr.Read more ›
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Beautifully written, wonderful insight into the amazing world of presidential politics and Washington. Ms. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
If it were possible, I'd vote for her as president in '16. She gives great insight to what went on leading up to and after the Iraq War. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jaime
I was enjoying it tremendously till I got to the part where she talks about how Hariri used a large part of his wealth to pay down the national debt of Lebanon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Hanna