Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State during President George W. Bush’s second term, will publish a political memoir that offers readers the chance to experience the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and the advancement to the Iraq war through the eyes of the Capitol.
September 2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of the al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the United States – “No Higher Honor” describes Rice’s account during that devastating moment in American history and narrates her experience of appearing before the 9/11 Commission.
“No Higher Honor,” offers sharp insight into how “history actually proceeded,” said Crown Publishers, who worked with Rice on the narrative.
The book reveals “the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea, and Libya from collapsing into chaos” and takes the reader “into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance,” said Crown.
Rice also opens up about new details concerning the controversial debates leading up to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
According to Crown, a division of Random House, Inc., the book “draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving India and Pakistan, Russia and Georgia, and in East Africa.”
“No Higher Honor,” Rice’s second Memoir, will be released on November 1, 2011.
Condoleezza Rice became the first woman in the U.S. to serve as National Security Adviser. She held the position from 2001 to 2004 and in 2005 she became the Secretary of State. Rice was the first African American woman to hold the 2005 to 2009 post.
Her first memoir “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” was published by Crown in October 2010. The book chronicles Rice’s childhood in Birmingham, Alabama during the segregation-era and the enduring influence her parents had on her life.
Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.