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. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues - a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defence. It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes. With the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the centre of the Administration's efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day - and the tumultuous days after. Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers her keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honour, she delivers a master class in statecraft - but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 50 mm
"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."
"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
"From the Hardcover edition."