Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me
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In this captivating memoir for young people, looking back with candor and affection, Condoleezza Rice evokes in rich detail her remarkable childhood.
Her life began in the comparatively placid 1950s in Birmingham, Alabama, where black people lived in a segregated parallel universe to their white neighbors. She grew up during the violent and shocking 1960s, when bloodshed became a part of daily life in the South. Rice’s portrait of her parents, John and Angelena, highlights their ambitions and frustrations and shows how much they sacrificed to give their beloved only child the best chance for success. Rice also discusses the challenges of being a precocious child who was passionate about music, ice skating, history, and current affairs. Her memoir reveals with vivid clarity how her early experiences sowed the seeds of her political beliefs and helped her become a vibrant, successful woman.
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Parents and Me is a fascinating and inspirational story for young people. Includes a 16-page photo insert.
From the Hardcover edition.
Good read. It kept my interest.
Revealing Personal Story
We read this book together. My husband spotted it in the book store on the Stanford campus. I'd always told him that Condoleezza was someone I'd love to meet. Well, I feel as though I've met her through the book she's written about herself. It is also a history book in disguise! Love the book and am an even stronger fan of Condi Rice!!!