A Memoir of My Years in Washington
Crown Publishing Group
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Hardcover / e-Book
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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 divisive issues, and compiling a
remarkable record of achievement.
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 Defense. It was a role that
deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her
one of his closest confidantes.
With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found
herself at the center of the Administration’s intense
efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the
events of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days
after. No day was ever the same. Additionally, Rice also
reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in
Afghanistan and then Iraq.
The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in
2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer
tough questions regarding the country’s preparedness for –
and immediate response to – the 9-11 attacks. Her
responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the
nation’s perception of the Administration’s competence
during the crisis. Rice conveys just how pressure-filled
that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in
succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and
From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after
by the media and regarded by some as the Administration’s
most effective champion.
In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility
when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward
the President’s foreign policy as Secretary of State. As
such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and
negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by
America’s enemies. Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes
maneuvers that kept the world’s relationships with Iran,
North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She also
talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at
any hour -- and at a moment’s notice -- she was willing to
bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.
No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating
rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority,
and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the
curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in
clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in
Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various
Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign
leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen
insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher
Honor, 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.
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