Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

A Memoir of Family

Book - 2010
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This is the story of Condoleezza Rice-- her early years growing up in the hostile environment of Birmingham, Alabama; her rise in the ranks at Stanford University to become the university's second-in-command and an expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs; and finally, in 2000, her appointment as the first Black woman to serve as Secretary of State.
Published: New York : Crown Archetype, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307587879
Branch Call Number: B RIC
Characteristics: 342 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.


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Mayflower94 Oct 13, 2016

Can't say I admire her after reading her memoir.

branch_reviews Jan 23, 2013

Condoleezza was born in 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the only child of a pastor and a teacher who valued education highly and tried to give their daughter every possible opportunity. She feels the controlled environment in which she and her black friends were raised was an asset as it sheltered them from the segregation going on around her. Family, school, church and community were tightly knit and very supportive. As a young teen, Condoleezza moved to Denver, Colorado and continued to excel this time in a quite different environment. The book is well written with interesting side stories and insights into her accomplished life as Provost of Stanford University, first woman to serve as National Security Advisor and first black woman to be Secretary of State. Reviewed by DS

crankylibrarian Feb 18, 2012

Pedestrian writing and an unwillingness to expose herself emotionally limit this memoir's appeal. Rice is proud of her hard working, conservative parents, but pride barely masks the disdain and distance she feels for the less exalted. Interesting how often she refers to her family's love of the "finer things": Italian purses and handbags, classical music, ice skating ; seemingly equating bourgeois pretension with moral worth.

Booktraveler Apr 12, 2011

Very interesting life - particularly growing up in the segregated south. Another main theme about how her parents high expectations influenced her also makes for great discussion.


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