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Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power [NOOK Book]

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Who is Condoleezza Rice? Award-winning Newsweek editor Marcus Mabry explores the contradictions—personal and public—of one of the most influential, controversial, and fascinating women in the history of American politics.

Before becoming the first female African-American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice was the first woman to be named national security advisor to the president of the United States and, before that, the first woman, first ...
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Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power

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Overview

Who is Condoleezza Rice? Award-winning Newsweek editor Marcus Mabry explores the contradictions—personal and public—of one of the most influential, controversial, and fascinating women in the history of American politics.

Before becoming the first female African-American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice was the first woman to be named national security advisor to the president of the United States and, before that, the first woman, first minority, and youngest person to be named provost of Stanford University. Yet for all her ceiling-shattering accomplishments, Rice remains enigmatic. Mabry’s penetrating, multilayered study of Rice is the most comprehensive portrait ever reported of this powerful woman. It was an editor's choice of the New York Times' Book Review.
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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: 9781623362577
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,129,406
  • File size: 743 KB

Meet the Author

MARCUS MABRY, now chief of correspondents at Newsweek, was formerly a State Department and foreign correspondent for the magazine and has written on foreign policy for more than a decade. He lives in New York.
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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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