I have always admired Condoleeza Rice ever since she became a prominent figure in the George W. Bush Administration. Her Memoir of her time in Washington cemented my high opinion of her as a talented diplomat, an intellectual powerhouse, and a genuinely good person. The book itself is heavy in details as it covers relationships with many foreign leaders, the thought-process behind decisions and the difficulties of negotiating with such varied personalities and distinct cultural bias.
This book knocks you in the head as you dive into and feel the massive responsibilities of the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. The tidbits the American public was shown by the media during the eight years of the Bush Administration does not do justice to the actual work and diplomatic accomplishments of the team. No Higher Honor steps through the thought process and the real, behind-the-scenes diplomacy that protected America and our allies during what can arguably be considered one of the most challenging times in American history.
Condoleezza Rice deserves an esteemed place in history not only for her journey as a person but her contributions to America. No Higher Honor was a fantastic read and learning experience. Highly recommended