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|Download E-pub ⚣ Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia Ù One day I ll be in that house, said ten year old Condoleezza Rice as she gazed across the White House s expansive front lawnOf 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 influenceHere is a story of inspiration, of principle, and of the limitless opportunities for those who pursue their dreams with unfailing hope and dogged determination 2.5 5I am so glad I am done with this book, it was a real struggle to get through The author paints Condi as this mythical figure who could do no wrong It reads like this was written by her grandmother, all praise and no critiques I would have preferred to see abalanced representation of Condi, that humanized her.After reading this I am left unsure how to feel about this woman I admire so many of her accomplishments, but since the author was so biased I am not quite sure how her views 2.5 5I am so glad I am done with this book, it was a real struggle to get through The author paints Condi as this mythical figure who could do no wrong It reads like this was written by her grandmother, all praise and no critiques I would have preferred to see abalanced representation of Condi, that humanized her.After reading this I am left unsure how to feel about this woman I admire so many of her accomplishments, but since the author was so biased I am not quite sure how her views of policy and actions would be viewed today I am also quite intimidated by her I really should have gone and seen Condi speak when I had the chance a couple of years ago No matter what religion, race or political party you profess to be, ALL may benefit from learningabout this amazing woman Her accomplishments are truly remarkable classical pianist, Stanford Professor and Provost, US National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State, to name a few a skilled diplomat, a fine teacher and administrator, a lady of glamour, and a woman of character and faith, she has the rare and priceless ability to lead and inspire nations Mary Beth BrownTo give you No matter what religion, race or political party you profess to be, ALL may benefit from learningabout this amazing woman Her accomplishments are truly remarkable classical pianist, Stanford Professor and Provost, US National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State, to name a few a skilled diplomat, a fine teacher and administrator, a lady of glamour, and a woman of character and faith, she has the rare and priceless ability to lead and inspire nations Mary Beth BrownTo give you an idea of her faith and character here is a quote from Condi herself I feel that faith allows me to have a kind of optimism about the future You look around you and you see an awful lot of pain and suffering and things that are going wrong It could be oppresive But when I look at my own story or many others that I have seen, I think, How could it possibly be that it has turned out this way Then my only answer is it s God s plan And that makes me very optimistic that this is all working out in a proper way if we all stay close to God and pray and follow in His footsteps Condi, said the Washington Post, is easily one of the administration s most effective communicators She s also among the least likely to come off as fanatical, cranky, intemperate, or possessed by the delusion that she and God are on a first name basis I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Condi my only compaint is that she doesn t want to run for President I must confess that my wife read this book I only read the beginning and the end, as well as a scattering throughout.C Rice is evidently a brilliant and accomplished person in several fields, as well as a person with a deep faith in God Reading this biography will only increase respect for Ms Rice, although the writing tends toward hagiography at times The opening chapter s description of 9 11 as information came in was interesting to me As was the change in her views as she grew in unders I must confess that my wife read this book I only read the beginning and the end, as well as a scattering throughout.C Rice is evidently a brilliant and accomplished person in several fields, as well as a person with a deep faith in God Reading this biography will only increase respect for Ms Rice, although the writing tends toward hagiography at times The opening chapter s description of 9 11 as information came in was interesting to me As was the change in her views as she grew in understanding and matured Her intense study of the soviet union actually led her toconservative personal viewpoints, and equipped her to deal with Yeltsin and other figures at the end of the Soviet Union Her understanding of Islam was probably not so deep I suspect that this weakness kept her from being as successful in shaping US policy in Afghanistan and the middle east