By Condoleezza Rice
From one of many world’s so much well known girls, this can be former nationwide safety consultant and Secretary of kingdom Condoleezza Rice’s compelling tale of 8 years serving on the optimum degrees of government. In her place as America’s leader diplomat, Rice traveled virtually always around the world, looking universal flooring between occasionally sour enemies, forging contract on divisive matters, and compiling a impressive checklist of achievement.
A local of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights period to turn into an excellent educational and specialist on overseas affairs, Rice wonderful herself as an consultant to George W. Bush in the course of the 2000 presidential campaign. as soon as Bush used to be elected, she served as his leader adviser on national-security matters – a role whose tasks incorporated harmonizing the connection among the Secretaries of nation and Defense. It was once a job that deepened her bond with the President and finally made her one in every of his closest confidantes.
With the September eleven, 2001, terrorist assaults, Rice chanced on herself on the heart of the Administration’s severe efforts to maintain the USA safe. right here, Rice describes the occasions of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days after. No day used to be ever the same. also, Rice additionally finds new information of the debates that ended in the struggle in Afghanistan after which Iraq.
The eyes of the kingdom have been once more curious about Rice in 2004 whilst she seemed sooner than the September 11 fee to respond to tricky questions in regards to the country’s preparedness for – and rapid reaction to – the Sept. 11 attacks. Her responses, it was once quite often conceded, could form the nation’s conception of the Administration’s competence through the crisis. Rice conveys simply how pressure-filled that visual appeal used to be and her shocked gratitude while, in succeeding days, she used to be generally saluted for her grace and forthrightness.
From that time ahead, Rice used to be aggressively wanted via the media and thought of by means of a few because the Administration’s finest champion.
In 2005 Rice used to be entrusted with much more accountability while she was once charged with assisting to form and hold ahead the President’s international coverage as Secretary of State. As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of strategies and negotiation aimed to include or decrease the hazard posed through America’s enemies. the following, she finds the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that stored the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She additionally talks approximately her position as a problem supervisor, exhibiting that at any hour -- and at a moment’s discover -- she used to be keen to carry all events to the bargaining desk wherever within the world.
No larger Honor takes the reader into mystery negotiating rooms the place the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon usually hung within the stability, and it attracts again the curtain on how frighteningly shut all-out warfare loomed in clashes related to Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.
Surprisingly candid in her value determinations of varied management colleagues and the loads of overseas leaders with whom she dealt, Rice additionally bargains right here prepared perception into how background really proceeds. In No better Honor, she delivers a grasp type in statecraft -- yet constantly in a fashion that unearths her crucial heat and humility, and her deep reverence for the beliefs on which the USA was once based.
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