From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense. It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.
With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administration’s intense efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days after. No day was ever the same. Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the country’s preparedness for – and immediate response to – the 9-11 attacks. Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nation’s perception of the Administration’s competence during the crisis. Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness.
From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administration’s most effective champion.
In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the President’s foreign policy as Secretary of State. As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by America’s enemies. Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour -- and at a moment’s notice -- she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.
No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.
Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft -- but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.
Table of Contents
1 Before the Crack in Time
2 Honest Broker
3 Policy Begins
4 The Middle East
5 Vladimir Putin
6 “The United States Is Under Attack”
7 War Planning Begins
8 The War on Terror and the Home Front
9 Trouble in Nuclear South Asia
10 The Two-State Solution
11 Thee World’s Most Dangerous Weapons
12 Saddam Again
13 Confronting the International Community with a Choice
14 48 Hours
15 Bush the African
16 New Challenges in Iraq
18 “Iraqis Need to Govern Themselves”
19 Another Step Toward a Palestinian State
20 Four More Years
21 Secretary of State
22 Promoting America’s Interests and Values Abroad
23 High Mountains and Dirt
24 The Color Revolutions Multiply
25 Baghdad and Cairo
26 A Heartbreaking Place Called Darfur
28 Bringing Back the All-Nighter
29 Can Anything Else Go Wrong?
30 Transformational Diplomacy
31 Building a New Relationship with India
32 Democracy in Latin America and Beyond
33 A Change of Leadership in Iraq
34 Shifting Course on Iran
35 The Middle East Plunges into War
36 Revising the Framework for the War on Terror
37 Iraq Spirals Downward
38 An Explosion in Asia and a Challenge for U.S.-China Relations
39 Playing the Last Card
40 A Diplomatic Surge
41 A New Approach to Latin America
42 Improving the Daily Lives of Palestinians
43 Iraq and the Home Front
44 The Road to Annapolis
45 Emergency Rule
46 Final-Status Talks Begin
47 A Final Year 622
48 It Seems Like Yesterday—It Seems Like Forever
49 Whither China?
50 Olmert Makes an Offer
51 Completing the Task of Building a Europe Whole, Free, and at Peace
52 War Breaks Out in Georgia
53 Cementing Key Relationships with Iraq and India
54 He Lives in His Own Head
55 One Last Chance for North Korea
56 The Financial Crisis of 2008
58 One Last Chance for a Palestinian State
Note on Sources
About Condoleezza Rice
CONDOLEEZZA RICE was the sixty-sixth U.S. Secretary of State and the first black woman to hold that office. Prior to that, she was the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor. She is a professor at Stanford University, and co-founder of the RiceHadley Group. Rice is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.
“In her memoir, NO HIGHER HONOR, Rice looks back, offering unexpected candor about her tenure as national security adviser in Bush’s first term and as secretary of state…the [book’s] moments of self-doubt and regrets are a revelation…Rice offers sharp and penetrating portraits of foreign leaders…Her memoir is a reminder that foreign-policy choices facing the United States are complex and difficult, with no easy solutions…Rice has acquitted herself well in telling her side of the story; now she awaits the judgment of history.”
--The Washington Post
“Rice provides a vivid account of the tumultuous years after Sept. 11, 2001…the latest in a string of memoirs emerging from Bush administration figures trying to define the history of their tenure [this book is] the most expansive record of those eight years by any of the leading participants.”
--The New York Times
“The fascination of Rice’s memoir, and it is fascinating, is less in the broad vision put forth for a more democratic world than in the gritty description of the way decisions were made in the White House and in the State Department as the Bush Administration sought to adapt to a universe radically changed by Al Qaeda’s attacks on the United States in 2001. Rice’s account of the immediate aftermath, as seen from inside the halls of the White House, is both vivid and disturbing.”
“Condoleezza Rice has a lot in common with Henry A. Kissinger…Now, like Kissinger, Rice has written a memoir drenched in details of the daily work of diplomacy…hers is a great story.”
“Important…her stories [of the aftermath of 9-11] add texture to the well-known history of those days and weeks, sometimes movingly so.”
--Wall Street Journal
From the Hardcover edition.