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Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (edition 2010)

by Condoleezza Rice (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
Authors:Condoleezza Rice (Author)
Info:Three Rivers Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, 370 pages
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Amazing achievements detailed; little insight into the thoughts and feelings that make Condoleezza Rice tick. ( )
  mlhershey | Nov 13, 2019 |
This was a memoir of Condoleezza's life from childhood through most of her adulthood. She was an only child raised by middle-class parents in Birmingham Alabama. Although there was racism and segregation through her childhood, her parents taught her to not be a victim and gave her many opportunities to learn and experience things in many areas. As an adult, she worked hard, accomplished a lot and took on many responsibilities even when she wasn't sure she was ready. I listened to this on audio read by the author and I felt like I got to know her. I enjoyed hearing her story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 10, 2017 |
Biography of Condi's life, starting before she was born. ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
This is an autobiographical account of Condoleeza Rice's life before she became the National Security Advisor to George Bush in 1991.
As the title suggests, she is the only child of parents who believed in the importance of education in the evolution of a child and a community. Her parents were both educators in Birmingham, Alabama and lived in Titusville, a suburb with a primarily middle class black population. Her father, a Presbyterian preacher and teacher, initiated several programs to mentor black children and youth to help them succeed.
Her parents sacrificed so that she could take piano, skating lessons. They moved to Denver so John Rice could persue a higher education. She eventually ends up at Stanford University in Palo Alto in her launching her career as a scholar and Soviet expert. She is appointed the National Security Advisor to President Bush in 2001, where the book ends. She is a big believer in Affirmative Action and being a mentor to under privileged black children and youth. She believes that this was one of the ways of ensuring that racism would be overcome in the U.S. She is a no nonsense, plain speaking extremely competent manager and leader.
I enjoyed the book and learned a great deal more about a strong woman and leader. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Oct 13, 2016 |
Learned quite a bit about her life growing up in Birmingham, AL at the height of the CIvil RIghts movement. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
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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.

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