Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power

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Perhaps no American leader is better known and less understood than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Beyond the dramatic story of her past--her ascent from segregated Alabama to the halls of power--and the controversy of her present, little is known about her as a woman, and while she has broken barriers and achieved extraordinary success, she is also one of the most polarizing figures of our time. As an African American girl growing up in the South when the civil rights movement was at its most tumultuous ...

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Perhaps no American leader is better known and less understood than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Beyond the dramatic story of her past--her ascent from segregated Alabama to the halls of power--and the controversy of her present, little is known about her as a woman, and while she has broken barriers and achieved extraordinary success, she is also one of the most polarizing figures of our time. As an African American girl growing up in the South when the civil rights movement was at its most tumultuous and inspiring, her own views on race are complex. While she has benefited from advances in civil rights legislation and evolving acceptance of blacks, hers has been a singularly individualistic rise, the product of her parents' determination to make her "special."

TWICE AS GOOD: CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND HER PATH TO POWER, is the first biography of Rice to reveal the private woman behind the public image that has become so familiar to people around the world. Bringing his superlative skills as a journalist to bear on this most intriguing of subjects, Newsweek Chief of Correspondents Marcus Mabry chronicles the fascinating story of Rice's life so far, from her childhood in Alabama and Colorado--where she loved ice skating and playing the piano---to her discovery of international affairs at the knee of Madeleine Albright's father Josef Korbel to her role in taking America to war in Iraq. What drove her to the fateful decisions that the United States and the world are now living with? How will history judge her and what awaits her after her service to George W. Bush?

Mabry answers these questions in a deeply nuanced portrait of a driven woman of many contradictions whose power is vast-and still growing...

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Editorial Reviews

Amy Alexander
In Twice as Good, we encounter the secretary of state in a straightforward biography that is at once utterly predictable and moderately surprising. By the end of this exceptionally well-researched book, whatever opinion you take away probably will stem more from your own expectations than from the Condoleezza Rice portrayed in these pages.
— The Washington Post
Jonathan Freedland
Twice as Good, by Marcus Mabry, the chief of correspondents for Newsweek, works hard to solve the Rice puzzle. It digs deep into the story of her family, including her slave ancestors, and the hugely influential figure of her father, the Rev. John Rice. We follow the family’s journey from segregation in Alabama to educational opportunity in Colorado and finally to California. We learn much — with a detail uncommon in a political biography — of her almost frighteningly intense childhood.
— The New York Times
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"Twice As Good is a riveting, deeply revealing portrait of the woman who became 'the face of America' around the world—Condoleezza Rice—arguably one of the most powerful, complex and enigmatic black women of our times."

-Charlayne Hunter-Gault

"Mabry, who had Rice’s coöperation here, succeeds in giving coherence to her character, from her roots in segregated Birmingham—where her middle-class parents were both inspired and mortified by Martin Luther King’s radicalism—to her broken engagement to the 1975 N.F.L. Rookie of the Year and her bond with George Bush."

-The New Yorker

"Mabry sets out to find the real Condi, to get behind her public façade and reveal her personality—and he succeeds, thanks to candid interviews with her friends and relatives as well as present and past associates."

-Salon.com

"Deeply reported and vividly told, Mabry’s new book offers us an indispensable window onto Condoleezza Rice, an American original whose story is far from over."

-Jon Meacham, Managing Editor for Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594863622
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

A veteran foreign correspondent and editor, Marcus Mabry is chief of correspondents for Newsweek, overseeing the magazine's domestic and international bureaus. The winner of numerous journalism awards, Mabry is also a former Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the memoir White Bucks and Blackeyed Peas: Coming of Age Black in White America. He graduated from Stanford University and studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques-Paris. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs and The New Republic, among many other publications, and he is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and the BBC's French-language service. He is chairman of The Albert G. Oliver Program in New York, which sends bright minority students to private schools and a governor of the Overseas Press Club. He lives in New York with his partner.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xxiv
Introduction: Essence     xxix
Alabama Steel
Debut     3
Perfect     14
Resistance     39
Higher Learning
Fall     63
Rebirth     78
Star     102
Prelude     131
Transition     150
Path to Power
Transformation     169
Schooled     193
Power     241
Storms     268
History     297
Notes     309
Bibliography     341
Acknowledgments     348
Credits     351
Index     353
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