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Extraordinary, Ordinary People

A Memoir of Family
Rice, Condoleezza (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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This is the story of Condoleezza Rice--her early years growing up in the hostile environment of Brimingham, Alabama; her rising 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 ever to serve as Secretary of State.
Authors: Rice, Condoleezza, 1954-
Title: Extraordinary, ordinary people
a memoir of family
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 342 p. , [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Contents: Starting early
The Rays and the Rices
Married at last
"Johnny, it's a girl!"
"I need a piano!"
My parents were teachers
Something in the water
School days
Summer respite
Turning up the heat in Birmingham
1963
Integration?
Tuscaloosa
Denver again
Leaving the South behind
Cancer intrudes
Starting early (again)
College years
A change of direction
"Rally, sons (and daughters) of Notre Dame"
A new start
A lost year
Senator Stanford's farm
My rookie season
The darkest moment of my life
"The moving van is here"
Inside the Pentagon
Back to Stanford
D.C. again
"I don't think this is what Karl Marx had in mind"
Back in California
Learning compassion
Finding a new president for Stanford
Provost of the university
Tough decisions
The governor's campaign
Florida
"The saints go marching in".
Summary: This is the story of Condoleezza Rice--her early years growing up in the hostile environment of Brimingham, Alabama; her rising 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 ever to serve as Secretary of State.
ISBN: 0307587878
9780307587879
Statement of Responsibility: Condoleezza Rice
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: African American women Biography. Women cabinet officers United States Biography. Stateswomen United States Biography. African Americans Alabama Birmingham Biography. African American families Alabama Birmingham. Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- Family. Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- Childhood and youth. Birmingham (Ala.) Race relations History 20th century. Birmingham (Ala.) Biography.
Topical Term: African American women
Women cabinet officers
Stateswomen
African Americans
African American families
LCCN: 2010021645
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Comment by: 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 &... Read More »

Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim.
Not because she didn't want to, but because when she was a little girl Alabama, Bull Connor decided he'd rather shut down the city's pools than give black citizens access.


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Jan 23, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 18, 2012
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 12, 2011
  • Booktraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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