by Condoleezza Rice
“Making Cultural Diversity Real”
We often read or hear stories of people who overcame life challenges and sometimes those stories appear to be exaggerated or embellished. This is clearly NOT the case with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the stories she shares in her “Memoir of Family.” Born and raised initially in the primarily race segregated US South, Rice quickly but interestingly shares the stories of her grandparents and how they dealt with some very hard issues. The book is only about 300 pages long and does not brag, although the author could have in a number of instances. She focuses on the values, commitment and lessons of her parents. She openly describes what must have been at times painful issues as a student and then as a professor.
I must share that I did not know a great deal about Secretary Rice, other than her high profile role in the Bush Presidency of 2001-2008. This book showed examples of courage, values, uncertainty, commitment and in believing in one’s own worth and convictions over a lifetime. I did not realize her musical competencies, that she had been Provost at Stanford University and that she worked with the first President Bush at the historic time when the former Soviet Union was dismantling. She has made substantial contributions to global diplomacy and this book that honors her family says a great deal about her integrity.
In my career, I have participated in certain activities that addressed cultural diversity in a changing world, but Condoleezza Rice made it real.
An excellent book that should be read two or three chapters at a time and then set aside to let the messages sink in.
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John Hogan CHA CHE
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