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review 2018-09-15 01:59
What a gal!
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me - Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me covers her childhood in segregated Birmingham, her close-knit family life, education, and rise through professional, educational, and political worlds. I went into this knowing almost nothing about Condoleezza beyond her serving in the White House under President Bush but by the end of this book I felt that I knew her as one knows a friend. I think what I found most surprising is that she still teaches classes (Managing Global Political Risk if you're curious) at Stanford University. This book runs chronologically as most autobiographies do but two of the biggest focuses are her relationship to her parents (she is an only child) and her professional life as an academic and political scientist. She is an accomplished, intelligent, and ultimately fearlessly ambitious woman. She has never married but seems genuinely happy with her single life (sounds familiar). She makes no bones about her many achievements which include but are not limited to being a proficient pianist and fluent Russian speaker. I also appreciated that she included photographs, a chronology of her career, and a glossary of historic events and people during her lifetime. I'd say that this book would be good for anyone looking to learn more about women in politics and/or what it was like for this particular woman who was raised during segregation in the tumultuous city of Birmingham...and still make it to the upper echelons of government. Good for history buffs and political junkies.  


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quote 2015-08-02 14:09
[My mother] was a stickler for good grammar. I remember that she'd bristle whenever someone misused the subjunctive tense. "If I were," she'd shout when someone incorrectly said "If I was."
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family - Condoleezza Rice

Page 20 and 21 of Condoleezza Rice's memoir, Extraordinary, Ordinary People. I find this quote hysterical because the subjunctive is a mood, not a tense. Rice's mother would no doubt be less amused than I.

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review 2013-04-08 00:00
Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus - John Ortberg The essential premise of John Ortberg's Who Is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus, is that Christianity has had a great impact on society. Hardly earth shattering news. Somehow, Ortberg seems to think this legitimizes Jesus for the world, but, of course, it does not. A Christian will not point to the lived out faith as proof that Jesus was Christ, but instead focus on Jesus. Ortberg does show ways the influence of Christianity has spread, but he tends to focus on the all the good ways, instead of the evil. He gives passing mention to some errors, but if you want to focus on the role of Christianity in the world, you have to address the Inquisitions, Christian support for slavery, Christian countries warring, and countless examples of individual misuses of Christ's teachings.One thinks of Gandhi's reply to why he rejects Christ. "Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It is just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Which is one of the few quotes in the world which does not make it into this book. Ortberg strings quote after quote after quote together, quite often from four or five unrelated sources, on a single page. Sometimes they relate, sometimes they do not, but you want to hear more from Ortberg and less from everyone else. These are broken up by some very bad, classic "preacher" jokes which are often forced into the text.Clearly, I found this all annoying. What he does have to say of value is what you would pick up in any history of Christianity class or text. Now, let it be known that I'm in the minority here. This is book is very popular and has spawned many study groups. If it succeeds in getting people talking about their faith, there is something going right. And many may argue that I get Ortberg's goal wrong. An arguable point, so feel free to disagree in the comments.And just when it seems that all hope is lost for the book, I do find some saving grace (pun intended) as Ortberg turns his attention at the end to the three essential days in Christianity: Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Here we get a glimpse of what Ortberg has to share if he quits quoting others and writes his own thoughts. His reflections on each of these days are simple, but strong. Especially interesting are his thoughts on the Saturday, when no hope existed. If you are looking for devotional reading for Easter Weekend, use these three chapters.As for the rest, spend time instead with a good history of Christianity. And never confuse Christians with Christianity -- we are stumbling lot seeking the perfection of Christ, but always falling short.
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review 2011-12-01 00:00
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington - Condoleezza Rice Although this book was excellent and incredibly detail oriented, it was almost too wordy and descriptive. Because there was so much information, I needed to read the book very slowly as to not have my head explode. Another reviewer called this book dense. That to me is an understatement. Like all Condi books, though, it is was well written and engrossing!
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review 2010-11-21 00:00
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family - Condoleezza Rice Though she appears incredibly reserved in both her writing style and content, this somehow feels natural since her public persona is also reserved. The paradox in her life is pretty remarkable. Her parents are republican since they are the only folks willing to allow them to register to vote. Despite her parent’s political conservatism, Stokely Carmichael becomes a frequent visitor and family friend after accepting to her father’s invitation to speak at the college where he served. I was also glad she stayed away from politics for the most part. I think that might have negated her focus on her parents. Lastly, Ms. Rice includes a chronology beginning with Abe Lincoln that merges historical events with significant events of the Rice family. This makes even more apparent the significance of the Ms. Rice’s success.
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