Friday, January 21, 2011

Extraordinary Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice

In this well written autobiography Rice begins her story with growing up in the 50s and 60s in Birmingham and the tension of forced integration.  Her family moved to Denver.  Continuing with piano, she also explored ice skating.  She started college (while still a senior in high school) when she was too young to drive.  She studied international politics under Josef Korbel (Madeleine Albright's father).  She was ready to apply to graduate school at the age of nineteen.  She was accepted to Stanford (under affirmative action).  She used generous leaves from Stanford to work under Snowcroft (National Security Advisor) and experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall.  She finished her doctorate, received tenure at Stanford, then became provost.  The book ends just as she leaves to become part of the Bush administration in 2001.  I will certainly be waiting for the rest of the story from this intelligent and accomplished woman.

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