Condoleezza Rice: A Biography

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Condoleezza Rice's story, her experiences, and her contributions to our society, offer a unique opportunity to consider the social and historical discourses of our times, both past and present. Rice, a descendent of slaves who rose to become one of the most influential women in the world, represents many of the hopes, conflicts, and questions that characterize the beginning of the 21st century in American society. Her story allows the telling of many others that have intersected with Rice's across the course of ...

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Overview

Condoleezza Rice's story, her experiences, and her contributions to our society, offer a unique opportunity to consider the social and historical discourses of our times, both past and present. Rice, a descendent of slaves who rose to become one of the most influential women in the world, represents many of the hopes, conflicts, and questions that characterize the beginning of the 21st century in American society. Her story allows the telling of many others that have intersected with Rice's across the course of American history. The time period covered in this book (1954-2005) was a time of struggle for many in the United States and around the world. Civil rights, equal rights, the Cold War, civil wars, the war on drugs, illiteracy, and terrorism, all played out around the world as Rice moved into increasingly powerful and influential posts.

By the time Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State, she was clearly one of the most powerful women in the world, a 'rock star' politician whose name was recognized the world over. She was featured on the cover of magazines and newspapers around the world, and commentators noted her clothing and sense of style as much as they did her politics. With sharp intelligence and fierce loyalty to President George W. Bush, Rice exerted a key influence on many of the international policies that affected our times. A timeline describes significant events in Rice's life, and a bibliography lists print and electronic sources for additional research.

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"This accessibly written biography provides an overview of the life and career of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Edmondson also places these events within a larger historical context that includes the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and the Bush administration's war on terror. Supplemental materials include a timeline and a description of the duties of the Secretary of State."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313336072
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,355,119
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

JACQUELINE EDMONDSON is associate professor of education at Pennsylvania State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy education, and she researches and writes about education policy. She has a scholary interest in biography and the role of biography in education, and is author of Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography(Greenwood, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Timeline: Significant Events in the Life of Condoleezza Rice xix
Chapter 1 From Slavery to Power: Condoleezza Rice's Family and Community 1
Chapter 2 Educating Condi 15
Chapter 3 Entering Academe 31
Chapter 4 Dr. Rice Goes to Washington 43
Chapter 5 Joining George W. Bush's White House 63
Chapter 6 Madame Secretary 93
Appendix 1 George W. Bush Cabinet 113
Appendix 2 Protest Statement Distributed at 2002 Stanford Graduation 115
Appendix 3 Duties of the Secretary of State 119
Glossary 121
References 125
Index 133
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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Inspiring Subject but not an engaging text

    The forward explains that this work is geared toward high school readers. At only a little over 100 pages, it is a fast read, even with the hiccups of several typographical errors. The text isn't that engaging, but the subject is. Condoleezza Rice is a person whose life is inspiring. I'd rather spend my money on a better book about her than this one.

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