No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

by Condoleezza Rice


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From one of the world's most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America's chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues—a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense. It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.

With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administration's intense efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day—and the tumultuous days after . No day was ever the same.

Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.

The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the country's preparedness for—and immediate response to—the 9-11 attacks. Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nation's perception of the Administration's competence during the crisis. Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her performance.

From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administration's most effective champion.

In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the President's foreign policy as Secretary of State. As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by America's enemies. Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the world's relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour—and at a moment's notice—she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.

No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.

Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft—but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307587862
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 1,204,787
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.92(d)

About the Author

Condoleezza Rice was the sixty-sixth U.S. Secretary of State and the first black woman to hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor. She is a professor at Stanford University, and co-founder of the RiceHadley Group. Rice is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.

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Table of Contents

1 Before the Crack in Time
2 Honest Broker
3 Policy Begins
4 The Middle East
5 Vladimir Putin
6 “The United States Is Under Attack”
7 War Planning Begins
8 The War on Terror and the Home Front
9 Trouble in Nuclear South Asia
10 The Two-State Solution
11 Thee World’s Most Dangerous Weapons
12 Saddam Again
13 Confronting the International Community with a Choice
14 48 Hours
15 Bush the African
16 New Challenges in Iraq
17 2004
18 “Iraqis Need to Govern Themselves”
19 Another Step Toward a Palestinian State
20 Four More Years
21 Secretary of State
22 Promoting America’s Interests and Values Abroad
23 High Mountains and Dirt
24 The Color Revolutions Multiply
25 Baghdad and Cairo
26 A Heartbreaking Place Called Darfur
27 Katrina
28 Bringing Back the All-Nighter
29 Can Anything Else Go Wrong?
30 Transformational Diplomacy
31 Building a New Relationship with India
32 Democracy in Latin America and Beyond
33 A Change of Leadership in Iraq
34 Shifting Course on Iran
35 The Middle East Plunges into War
36 Revising the Framework for the War on Terror
37 Iraq Spirals Downward
38 An Explosion in Asia and a Challenge for U.S.-China Relations
39 Playing the Last Card
40 A Diplomatic Surge
41 A New Approach to Latin America
42 Improving the Daily Lives of Palestinians
43 Iraq and the Home Front
44 The Road to Annapolis
45 Emergency Rule
46 Final-Status Talks Begin
47 A Final Year 622
48 It Seems Like Yesterday—It Seems Like Forever
49 Whither China?
50 Olmert Makes an Offer
51 Completing the Task of Building a Europe Whole, Free, and at Peace
52 War Breaks Out in Georgia
53 Cementing Key Relationships with Iraq and India
54 He Lives in His Own Head
55 One Last Chance for North Korea
56 The Financial Crisis of 2008
57 Mumbai
58 One Last Chance for a Palestinian State
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rice writes candidly about her tenure with the Bush administration, explaining policy and admitting mistakes. The nicest thing about this book is that she stays away from the score settling with which so many political insider books are filled.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Condoleeza Rice eloquently tells her side of the story surrounding various policy-making decisions in the book “No Higher Honor”. I am a former active duty navy veteran who plans on rejoining the military via a part-time component between the time period of December 2012-February 2013 (shaped by my intent to permanently live in the D.C. area). This influences me to feel a responsibility of learning what I can about politics the longer I reside here. Reading about some of the difficult decisions she faced going into the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts gave me further insight on what indirectly happens in all of the military branches (in terms of the aftermath regarding the military surges, manpower goals etc.). The following are some of the vivid points made in her memoir: Pages 1-12: Dr. Rice describes her first meeting with George W.Bush, and shares why she admires Dean Acheson. A heartwarming moment is illuminated during the discussion of encouragement from her father (John Wesley Rice Jr.). With joyful sentiment, she shares how John Wesley Rice Jr. inspired her achievements. Tragically, he passed away during the Christmas Eve of 1999 (before the beginning of her tenure as George W. Bush’s national security advisor). Page 61: Condoleeza Rice’s first meeting with Vladimir Putin is mentioned. On page 85 she candidly tells her discovery that Osama Bin Laden had fought for the Soviet Anti-Resistance. Page 116-117 discloses the essential capture of Abu Zubaydah. It is listed that Abu Zubaydah was the mastermind behind the al Qaeda guide on holding the line against interrogation techniques. Page 118 features information on the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mr. Mohammed was said to have bragged about being Daniel Pearl’s executioner. For those who might not have heard of the original story, Condoleeza Rice mentions that Daniel Pearl was a Stanford graduate and journalist who was kidnapped in Pakistan and killed in 2002. Dr. Rice also notes the emotional challenge of being chosen as the one who had to break the news to Mariane Pearl (Daniel Pearl’s widow). Page 208 (Ouch!): Vice President Dick Cheney had invited some of his close buddies to a party that commemorated the freedom of Iraq. Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz are a couple of the names that were invited. Apparently, Vice President Dick Cheney excluded both Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice from his list of people to invite for the gathering. Many more informative details feature in this book. “No Higher Honor” by Condoleeza Rice is best for the open-minded who want to increase their political understanding on what can drive a high level policymaker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author gives a very perceptive, personal insight in her role as a national security advisor and secretary of state. Her 24/7 dedication to the the President and to the nation is really remarkable. We should be grateful to her for doing her share in protecting us in the tumultuous times after 9/11.This book should be a must-read for all of those who are critical of government employees in high positions.
Howard-R More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rice has packed a lot into her young life and this memoir reflects that. She does a great job of describing her encounters both as President Bush's National Security Advisor and later, Secretary of State. She has clearly groomed herself for the roles she had. Her dealings with leaders all over the world and the many issues they negotiated over her 8+ years in office are well presented. It is her presentation of current history and may read as a little self-serving in instances. I think this is subjective, however. There is a lot to read. I have read President Bush's, Don Rumsfeld's, and Vice President Cheney's books and they were interesting reads. Condi's book gets into more detail about people, policy, and issues than any of the other three.
Mike-in-Ala More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, Ms. Rice is a very smart lady and an excellent writer. I enjoyed her perspective tremendously.
SuperDuperNY More than 1 year ago
Terrific Read
loyolanaveenyonnex More than 1 year ago
No greater shame, no brains, just greed. Condoleeza has written books about Democracy also. how will it be if we read a book by Idi amin ( an israeli army prop with unregistered jet planes) about economic and social justice? This is the poli maker who should e in guantanamo, cuba instead of the moslems. This bytch and her boss George mental case Bush dot know that IRaq is contaminated with uranium waste pellets ie.e depleted uranium that were used as bullets to pummel amry camps and head quarter. just read about hazard of nuclear waste sfuel and how it is stored to avoid radiaiton and thye use it also as weapnons. aamzin. codoleeza fries The author and Bush should be paid back in Kind. now MAerica is continuing the fake Russia-US war in Syria. Thanks to Wallstreet stooge Vladimir Putin. Putin similar to Clinton's has been gifted billion dollars worth luxury things, besides girls for sex, liqour ,hunting and adventures facilities, and all these stooge leaders like putin do is to approve all the massacre of LATAM,Middle east in the name of 'regime' change.. Same thing has happened in India a illiterate with fake school certificate Mr Modi is elected PM and he approved demonetization and loot that is untold. this is systematically planned ove decades. First they got as fake guy MS banag as CEO mastercard. need to explain more? Next scam is Facebook/google -their data center is gonna be blown by a 'terrorist' and you will have 100s of MNc companies on their knees and customers/airports everywhere chaos. then new security measures to prevent. Read about this check a story by Editor of investingdaily dot com, He has a story on massive comlex(industrial scale) data centers that are coming up like BPO centers,everywhere to support digital 'crp' economy. .one of these will get locked down and all hell break loose in some shyt hole counties like india etc...'see' it coming
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rice has written a second memoir that covers her years as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State during the Bush administration. I listened to the audio book version, and I had the same complaint about this book as I did her first book: the volume quality is very uneven. I suspect that comes from her not being a professional narrator. While she reads very well, it is rather annoying to have to keep adjusting the volume all of the time one is driving to either hear her or then to avoid being blasted out. She is a very good reader, however. The book covers all of the high points and low points of the Bush years and demonstrates her close relationship with the 43rd president. There were 24 discs in the audio version so it's quite lengthy. I found it very interesting and came away still admiring her tremendously.
gopfolk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing read and I know that a lot of people will be scared off by the number of pages but it reads very well.There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in every administration and Dr. Rice takes you on a tour serving as both the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Highly recommend this book for those interested in politics and international relations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked that she throughly described her career as NSA and Secretary of State because I am a Global Studies major, her travels and work were interesting. For those interested in Middle Eastern affairs, this book would be fascinating. I wish she elaborated more on US-Latin American affairs
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Wish she would ran for President
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wilVD More than 1 year ago
As an American and moderate Republican I wanted get a better understanding of the decisions made by the Bush 'White House". I was not only disappointed but concerned that Pres. Bush seemed to not be concerned with the factions in his staff.
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AndyLaurel More than 1 year ago
Condoleeza Rice provides depth and character thru grace that reflects the true American spirit of her contribution to U.S. government and her uplifting personal panoramic life. Many an American will contribute their life to literature though Ms. Rice will forever uphold what is right and spiritual in an ever growing ehthical world she helped build with her country, proudly delineated in her biography.
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