Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me - Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me

By Condoleezza Rice

  • Release Date: 2010-10-12
  • Genre: Biography
4 Score: 4 (From 28 Ratings)


From Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and New York Times bestselling author of Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, comes a captivating memoir of her remarkable childhood.

Condoleezza Rice’s life began in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s, a place and time where black people lived in a segregated parallel universe away from their white neighbors. She grew up during the violent and shocking 1960s, when bloodshed became a part of daily life in the South. Rice’s portrait of her parents, John and Angelena, highlights their ambitions and frustrations and shows how much they sacrificed to give their beloved only child the best chance for success. Rice also discusses the challenges of being a precocious child who was passionate about music, ice skating, history, and current affairs. Her memoir reveals with vivid clarity how her early experiences sowed the seeds of her political beliefs and helped her become a vibrant, successful woman.
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Parents and Me is a fascinating and inspirational story for young people, adapted from Condoleeza Rice’s adult sensation Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. Includes a 16-page photo insert.

Praise for Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family:
“An origins story . . . memoir is teeming with fascinating detail.” —The New York Times
“A thrilling, inspiring life of achievement.” —Publishers Weekly
“Surprisingly engrossing . . .” —Daily Beast
“Vivid and heartfelt writing . . . Highly recommended.”—Library Journal


  • Condoleezza rice

    By Else is wars one
    Great book
  • Revealing Personal Story

    By Kimmysgone
    We read this book together. My husband spotted it in the book store on the Stanford campus. I'd always told him that Condoleezza was someone I'd love to meet. Well, I feel as though I've met her through the book she's written about herself. It is also a history book in disguise! Love the book and am an even stronger fan of Condi Rice!!!
  • Good read

    By Cthikc
    Good read. It kept my interest.