Item description for Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story by Antonia Felix...
Overview ¿The Secretary of State is America¿s face to the world, and in Dr. Rice, the world will see the strength, grace, and decency of our country. . . . I¿ve relied on her counsel, benefited from her great experience, and appreciated her sound and steady judgment. And now I¿m honored that she¿s agreed to serve in my cabinet.¿-President George W. Bush, in his official statement nominating Condoleezza Rice as the next secretary of state.¿What (Condi)¿articulates and lives in a personal faith that strengthens her in her demanding and controversy-laden calling.¿-Christianity Today¿Sheds light on the personal and political history of one of Washington¿s most powerful figures.¿-New York Daily News¿A well-written, highly readable portrait. It¿s hard to resist the story of a black woman born in segregated Birmingham, Alabama in 1954, who broke down every barrier to excel in an arena dominated by white men¿thorough and engaging.¿-Publishers Weekly¿A must-read for anyone serious about keeping tabs on the fast-paced political arena. Even readers with a disinterest in politics may find the success story compelling and hard to put down.¿-The Star (Chicago, IL)¿In all my years of interviewing, I have never been prouder to spell my name w-o-m-a-n than after spending time with Condoleezza Rice.¿ -Oprah
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.065 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310269687 ISBN13 9780310269687 UPC 025986269685
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More About Antonia Felix
Antonia Felix is the author of more than fifteen nonfiction books, including bestselling political biographies of Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and many other networks. She lives in Kansas City, Kansas.
Antonia Felix currently resides in New York City Kingsville Kings, in the state of New York.
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Very Informative Apr 22, 2007
I thought this biography of Condoleezza Rice was very informative and enlightening. Particularly interesting to me was the fact that she had excellent guidance from her parents who encouraged her to pursue her education to the fullest. The books talks of her pursuing her diverse talents and her ambition to succeed. Although I felt that the book glamorized her life a bit too much and indicated that she rarely made mistakes, she is one who deserves everything she has worked hard for. She is truly an inspiration.
Condi: Over-achieving, Tenacious, Scholarly but Unanswered Questions Feb 20, 2007
This account of Condoleessa Rice is most helpful in understanding her upbringing, her motivation and her significant abilities. The author appears to have interviewed a large number of persons: 27 in number. However, no persons of highest notoriety were interviewed. Instead those notable persons were quoted only from other sources. The author typically did not write about Ms. Rice's personal views which was disappointing.
The book unfortunately leaves several important questions unanswered, namely:
1. How was it possible that Condi could have leaped over the normal path of ascension that others historically were required to endure and instead be awarded the esteemed position of Stanford provost? 2. Why did Condi leave her position as Stanford provost for the significantly lesser position of Hoover Institute senior-fellow? The author's answer given in the book is not credible. 3. Why did the author never interview Ms. Rice for this book? What was Ms. Rice's response when she was asked for an interview? 4. How did Ms. Rice's notable but inadequate credentials of being a college provost qualify her to be appointed as head of the National Security Agency of the most powerful country on Earth? 5. Why did the author not discuss negative issues regarding Ms. Rice as that would have given the book a balanced assessment? 6. How was Ms. Rice's pro-abortion stance received by the conservative presidents that she served? 7. Why was Ms. Rice's step-mother interviewed instead of her father, especially considering her step-mother was not even mentioned until 3/4 of the way through the book? Since Ms. Rice gave her father the highest credit for her success, would he not have been the preferred choice?
While the book is enjoyable, it does leave some hard questions unanswered.
Rice: staple of life Jan 10, 2007
Condoleeza Rice is unquestionably one of the major minds of our day. Her life history and accomplishments challenge any parent to love and support thier child to the best of their ability with God's help.
Condie Jan 5, 2007
It was an incredible biography. It was especially poignat in that my children went to St, Mary's Academy in Denver. The book was well written and clear complete and concise. It was a testiment that blacks can compete and be sucessfull if the right environment and attitude, is present.
Informative yet disappointing.... Nov 13, 2006
I purchased this book with the hope I would learn about the person through her own direct words and thoughts, this was sadly not the case. In Condi, Felix cuts and pastes info about Rice from her family, collegues, and friends then attempts to offer a coherent profile of a fascinating figure. I could not have been more disappointed nor disengaged, the biography offers next to zero insight into who Rice is as a person as opposed to what she has accomplished. While organized in a ordered choronlogical fashion, "Condi" does little to stimulate the passion inherent to the persona. Felix painfully spends too much time detailing the lives of marginal characters in Rice's life seemingly to fill pages, its unneccessary and bogs the book down. I imagine Rice as someone who while well educated didnt neccessarily begin her career as stoic or commanding as her public persona presents clearly now, how did this transition come about? Who is Rice outside of public life in private? All of these seemingly inane questions if answered would offer a much deeper analysis on the motivations and opinions of Rice.