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Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia [Hardcover]

By Mary Beth Brown (Author)
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Highlights Rice's life, faith, and accomplishments, describing how she overcame her humble Southern origins to become provost of Stanford University, a national security advisor to President George W. Bush, and the Secretary of State.

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"One day I'll be in that house," said ten year old Condoleezza Rice as she gazed across the White House's expansive front lawn.

Of course, Condi made good on that promise. With poise and gracefulness―combined with an iron will and determination―rarely seen in Washington, Rice has become one of the most iconic and influential figures on the world stage. This is her story.

"Condi" provides an in-depth study of the life, faith, and achievements of one of America's most fascinating women. From her humble beginnings in segregated Alabama to her academic career, from her first days in Washington to her appointment as Secretary of State and beyond, "Condi" investigates Rice's rise to political prominence. Drawing from in-depth research, Mary Beth Brown explores how Condi's parents, mentors, faith, and defining moments have helped her grow into a position of power and global influence.

Here is a story of inspiration, of principle, and of the limitless opportunities for those who pursue their dreams with unfailing hope and dogged determination.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.55" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595550984  
ISBN13  9781595550989  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mary Beth Brown is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling book, "Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan" and "Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia". Mary Beth writes a nationally syndicated column, which can be viewed at, and is a frequent guest on radio and TV.

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Learned so much  Apr 17, 2008
This book is both enjoyable to read and very informative.
It is interesting to read how Condi's childhood, college, and time at Stanford all contributed to shaping her for her current career at the White House.
WHAT A READ!  Apr 8, 2008
Whether Republican or Democrat, (or other), white or black (or other), male or female, I think every reader will find this a most interesting book about a very unique person. There were a few surprises in the book, which I had never heard from any other source. The author did a great job of tracing Condoleeza's rise from her segregated upbringing in the deep south of the 60's to her becoming Secretary of State. Great book!
Inspirational  Mar 24, 2008
As soon as I finished this informative biography, I instructed my both of my daughters to read it. Dr Rice is exactly the kind of role model I want for them.

This is an interesting bio not only for the light it sheds on the winning of the cold war, but more so in the instruction to the pathway to success and greatness. Before I read this bio I was a fan of Dr. Rice but now she is my hero.
A true Steel Magnolia  Feb 29, 2008
Hooray for Mary Beth Brown. It is wonderful to read a book about a person who has achieved so much without a powerful family dynasty or government entitlements behind them. The subtitle of the book is perfect. After getting to know Condi through these pages she epitomizes a steel magnolia. I was wanting to know the person Condi and I have now met her. It is amazing that a young girl from segregated Alabama became our Secretary of State, but after reading about her ancestry and the value of education in her family it is the perfect place for her to be. I appreciate the humility of Condi. She never strove for a position of power at either Stanford or in our government, yet she was chosen for these positions through her own merit. If you are looking for a rehashing of all her political achievements during her service to our country you are reading the wrong book. This is a wonderful telling of who she is as a person.
Avoids much analysis on her decisions and how they affect American policy...  Feb 29, 2008
I was recently given the opportunity to read and review the book Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia by Mary Beth Brown. There are a number of things that will factor into whether you end up liking this book or not. All things considered, I ended up thinking this was around an "average" book...

Transforming America; Entering a New World; A Strong Family Heritage; Childhood Matters; Becoming a Steel Magnolia; Not Your Average Teenager; Education Is the Way to Success; Professor Rice; Dealing with the Soviet Union; Tackling a Monstrous Deficit; Condi the Campaigner; Advising a President; The Most Powerful Woman in the World; Epilogue; Bibliography; Notes; Index; Acknowledgments; About the Author

On the positive side... This book goes into a fair amount of detail about how she grew up in the segregated South, an only child who was taught that nothing should stand in her way to achieve whatever she could dream. Her ancestors placed great importance on education, and that emphasis carried down to her. As a result, she was way ahead of the curve when it came to academic achievement, regardless of color and gender. She was also well-versed in the arts, and is an accomplished pianist who still plays regularly for herself and the occasional public performance. Her Christian faith is also integral to her attitude and philosophy in life, and that's something that can't be sectioned off and dealt with as a compartment. Based on the way the author presents the material, you realize that Rice places critical importance on her relationship with God. When you're done with the book, you know that she has accomplished more in her life than any number of people combined. She truly is an example of overcoming obstacles and hurdles in life to become a success.

On the negative side... You'd think that Rice has never made a mistake in her life based on the author's often gushing portrayal of her. Little if any time is spent analyzing her decisions made as "the most powerful woman in the world" in terms of foreign policy, terrorism, and other issues facing the American people both here and abroad. I almost got the impression that Rice may not necessarily be setting policy as she would have it, but rather serving the president and promoting the Administration views as a good soldier. This lack of impartial or even critical analysis taints what otherwise could be a decent biography of Rice. Without that analysis, it's hard not to view this as a rather one-sided pro-Condi book put out by people who would like to see her run for President or something.

From my perspective, I learned much about Rice, and she's someone who I admire. I *do* have a hard time reconciling that view of her with the current administration she works for. If you approach the book from a purely political viewpoint, there's not much here that would satisfy you. If you're more interested in a human interest portrayal of someone who has succeeded in life, then you'll get more out of it. I would have preferred a portrayal that was more realistic, complete with flaws and mistakes. Instead, it's more of a rah-rah read that may leave you still wondering who the real Condi is...

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