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Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Exact title of book
Extraordinary, Ordinary People
Book author
Condoleezza Rice
ISBN
9780307719607
Publisher
Crown Publishing Group
Published
Oct 12, 2010
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
368
File size (in PDF)
3312 kB

Some brief overview of book

Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman - and the first black woman ever to serve as Secretary of State. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim.

Not because she wouldnt have loved to, but because when she was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided hed rather shut down the citys pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950s, Birminghams black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, when Rice was applying herself to her fourth graders lessons, the situation had grown intolerable.

Birmingham was an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rices neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing.

So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezzas passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts.

From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the universitys second-in-command. An expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs, she played a leading role in U.

S. policy as the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. Less than a decade later, at the apex of the hotly contested 2000 presidential election, she received the exciting news just shortly before her fathers death that she would go on to the White House as the first female National Security Advisor. As comfortable describing lighthearted family moments as she is recalling the poignancy of her mothers cancer battle and the heady challenge of going toe-to-toe with Soviet leaders, Rice holds nothing back in this remarkably candid telling.

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl and a young woman trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference. From the Hardcover edition.

About book author

RICE was the 66th United States Secretary of State and the first black woman to ever hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor. She currently teaches at Stanford University.

From the Hardcover edition. as a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided hed rather shut down the citys pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950s, Birminghams black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, when Rice was applying herself to her fourth graders lessons, the situation had grown intolerable.

Birmingham was an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rices neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing.

So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezzas passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts.

From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the universitys second-in-command. An expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs, she played a leading role in U.

S. policy as the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. Less than a decade later, at the apex of the hotly contested 2000 presidential election, she received the exciting news just shortly before her fathers death that she would go on to the White House as the first female National Security Advisor. As comfortable describing lighthearted family moments as she is recalling the poignancy of her mothers cancer battle and the heady challenge of going toe-to-toe with Soviet leaders, Rice holds nothing back in this remarkably candid telling.

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl and a young woman trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference. From the Hardcover edition.

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