REVIEW: Condoleezza Rice Washington Years Memoir

2013, Books

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summertime, and I’m long overdue to start cracking book spines. I seem to go in spells between no reading and reading.  Growing up, I was an avid reader but the advent of TV and Internet has slowly stolen more and more hours of my days.  I’m the first to admit I need to start reading more. One of the best places to read is traveling – mostly because you have long periods of waiting and no outlets to charge your technology.  On my trip to India, I had a 10 hour flight leaving the U.S., a four hour layover in Germany, and another 7 hour flight before arriving in India.  This equals to a lot of time for reading, even after you subtract napping.

I finished reading No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice during my journey.  I’d highly recommend this book if you are looking for an informative non-fiction.  Rice goes into great detail of the challenges the Bush administration and her role as Secretary of State had to face.  Her memoir sheds light on the behind the scenes view of how the government handled many delicate situations and how diplomacy, while cumbersome, is useful and can bring about peace.

I’ve always been a great admire of Rice, but reading her memoir truly reveals her inspiring story from growing up as a black child in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement to become one of the highest ranking officials in the U.S.

Her memoir is very restrictive and covers her time as Secretary of State, but through her diplomacy, she reveals how her childhood colors her experience and perspective on the world.  In many ways, it allows her to connect with others suffering discrimination and injustice in other parts of the world.

This memoir has definitely inspired me to find another memoir, but first I need a good frivolous fiction novel to rot my brain out a bit.

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