Personal. It took a lot of perseverance for me to slog through the 750+ pages of Condoleezza Rice’s memoir of her time in Washington, titled No Higher Honor. Rice tells her side of the story of that time, following memoirs by Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney, each of whom has told a version of the same events. Rice settles some scores with Rumsfeld and Cheney in a gentle way, and remains fully loyal to Bush, as readers would expect. While I disagree with most of the policies she pursued, I was charmed often while reading this book when she’d inject personal asides and anecdotes. Those lively paragraphs made up for dense chapters and reminded me of the humanity of political figures who can become depersonalized through the lens of policy differences. Partisans and fans of Rice will find this as required reading, and readers with a strong interest in contemporary politics are those most likely to enjoy this memoir.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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