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Turnaround
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Dreams from My Father
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No Higher Honor
A Memoir of My Years in Washington

by Condoleezza Rice



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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Those looking for insight into Condoleezza Rice's personal history won't find it in this autobiography. It's "A Memoir of My Years in Washington", so it starts with Bush's 2000 campaign for the White House. There's nothing about Condi's early life, nor even much about her life outside the White House.

The book does cover Condi's years as National Security Advisor (Bush's first term) and her years as Secretary of State (Bush's second term). Condi writes about everything she did in those two roles -- in other words, there's hardly anything on domestic policy either.

I complained about Tom Ridge's naivete on foreign policy matters as expressed in his book, The Test of our Times; Condi is not naive about foreign policy. I complained about Tom Ridge that I knew more about foreign countries than him; Condi knows more about foreign countries than me, or than just about anyone. Condi thrilled me by using the term "Pashtunistan" -- the only time I've ever seen the term in print except in my own article on Pashtunistan. ("Pashtunistan" means the ethnically-defined region that spans the Pakistan-Afghan border; both countries' presidents prefer to include "Greater Pashtunistan" in their own country, according to Condi, pp. 445-6).

What about a run for elective office? Condi has only one brief quip, regarding Sen. Barabara Boxer (D, CA) and why the Senator might have disliked Condi: "Perhaps she bristled at speculation that I'd one day take her on for that seat. She needn't have worried." Condi seems to be saying she won't run against Sen. Boxer -- but we read-between-the-line pundits note that Condi used the PAST tense, so maybe, just maybe, there's hope for a FUTURE run. We found little in this book to substantiate a rumor, but we'd love to start an unsubstantiated rumor, so here goes: "Condi might run for California Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2016."

Those interested in Condi's personal life, or her views on domestic policy, will have to wait for another book. Those interested in whether Condi plans on running for office will have to wait for another book, too -- but if she DOES run, it will have been worth the wait.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, Dec. 2011

P.S. This book was written in 2011, and, as mentioned above, the reader did not have to wait long for a book on Condi's personal history: her personal autobiography, My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, came out in 2012.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Condoleezza Rice: Appointed State Department's first chief diversity officer.
Drugs
    Bill Clinton: Fight war on drugs in all of the Andean states.
    George W. Bush: Afghans wanted roads; Bush wanted aerial poppy eradication.
Education
    Condoleezza Rice: Encourage critical languages: Faris, Chinese, Arabic.
    Condoleezza Rice: Spotlight the importance of foreign exchange student program.
Energy & Oil
    Condoleezza Rice: Kyoto Protocol fatally flawed, but address climate change.
    Dick Cheney: Drew a line in the sand: Nothing to do with Kyoto Protocol.
Foreign Policy
    Colin Powell: Liberia is part of U.S. history; stay involved there.
    Condoleezza Rice: Liberia is part of U.S. history; stay involved there.
    Condoleezza Rice: Post-WWII push for democratic institutions reflected values.
    Condoleezza Rice: Support democratic aspirations abroad, not just stability.
    Condoleezza Rice: Development assistance should support US objectives.
    Condoleezza Rice: Be respectful but determined with China on human rights.
    Condoleezza Rice: Channel Arab Spring into positive development.
    George W. Bush: Millennium Challenge Account: no more money down a rat hole.
    Margaret Spellings: Spotlight the importance of foreign exchange student program.
Homeland Security
    Condoleezza Rice: 1990s: Dreams of a missile shield died with the Cold War.
    Condoleezza Rice: Bin Laden's death vindicated CIA interrogation programs.
    George W. Bush: Bush Doctrine: Put state sponsors of terrorism on notice.
    Margaret Spellings: Encourage critical languages: Faris, Chinese, Arabic.
    Ronald Reagan: 1983: Anti-missiles replace mutually-assured destruction.
Principles & Values
    Colin Powell: OpEd: Worldview is nuanced; decisionmaking by consensus.
    Donald Rumsfeld: OpEd: Worldview is black-and-white; decisionmaking secretive.
Technology
    Alberto Gonzalez: Speeding up FISA very important in the war on terror.
    Condoleezza Rice: Pushed to improve intellectual property rights in China.
War & Peace
    Condoleezza Rice: Saddam was a cancer in the Mideast, even without WMD.
    Condoleezza Rice: We should have admitted "The 16 Words" were a mistake.
    George W. Bush: 2003: Sent warships to force Liberian president to resign.


The above quotations are from No Higher Honor
A Memoir of My Years in Washington

by Condoleezza Rice.

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