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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elisabeth Bumiller Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Condoleezza Rice has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. In this stunning new biography, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W. Bush’s national security adviser on September 11, 2001. The audiobook relates the personal voyage of a young black woman out of the segregated American South and also tells the sweeping story of a tumultuous half-century in the nation’s history.

In Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, we see Rice’s Alabama childhood in Birmingham when it was the central battleground of the civil rights movement; her education in foreign policy; and her confrontations with minorities and women while she was provost at Stanford University in the 1990s. Examining the current administration, Bumiller explores in depth Rice’s extraordinarily close relationship with George W. Bush, her battles with Vice President Dick Cheney, and her indirect but crucial role in the ousting of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Bumiller shows us Rice missing clues to the September 11 attacks and waging war against Saddam Hussein. In addition, we watch Rice’s recent attempts to salvage the ruins of the Iraq policy she helped create and to avoid war with Iran.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Rice and more than 150 others, Bumiller explores Rice’s effectiveness as national security adviser and secretary of state, her longtime political ambitions, and her future on the world stage.

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  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by LS | 1/8/2014

    " A 50-50 split of info about her and developments in US history. A very topical view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cortino | 10/2/2013

    " A comprehensive and somewhat unbiased chronicling of Condi's life and career, but in the end I felt myself asking, "To what end was this book written?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liene | 6/28/2013

    " Wasn't a huge Condi fan when I started this book and am even less of one after reading it. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you're on, this book is thoroughly researched and well-written, making for an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 4/2/2013

    " Very interesting, though biased (I thought) at times. I enjoyed learning about what Rice did before she became NSA and Secretary of State. I wasn't aware of how close she was to the bombing victims in Birmingham, AL. "

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