Book Reviews

'No Higher Honor'

April 23, 2012

Condoleezza Rice spent eight years in the inner circle of former President George W. Bush’s administration. In her most recent book, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington,” published by The Crown Publishing Group, she describes:


 Secret negotiating rooms where the fates of world leaders and countries often hung in the balance; and

● How frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving various nations. 

As national security adviser during President Bush’s first term and then secretary of state, Rice traveled nearly continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies and forging agreement on divisive issues.

She also was the first woman and African American to serve as Stanford University’s provost from 1993-1999. There, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.

In addition to two bestsellers—“No Higher Honor” and “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family”—she also has authored and co-authored numerous other books.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates.

Rice offers her perspective on politics, Washington, and  business.

“Today’s headlines and history’s judgment are rarely the same,” she states. “If you are too attentive to the former, you will most certainly not do the hard work of securing the latter.”


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