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Author Kessler, Glenn.

Title The confidante : Condoleezza Rice and the creation of the Bush legacy / Glenn Kessler.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  355.033073092 RICE/ KESS    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 288 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-273) and index.
Summary "In his glimpse into the life of one of the most powerful secretaries of state in recent years, Glenn Kessler provides a look at Condoleezza Rice and a portrait of the Bush administration's controversial foreign-policy regime. From her grievous errors in judgment as national security advisor to her influence over the president as secretary of state, Rice has not gone unnoticed during her rise to power. But, as an intensely private person, she has - despite endless media attention - remained a mystery. As the first full-length critical examination of Rice's skills as policy maker, politician, and manager, this biography explains not only her rise to power, but the pivotal role she has played in our nation's history." "The Confidante shows unseen moments in Rice's life and her frequently divisive performance during one of the most tumultuous foreign-policy periods in U.S. history. Drawing on personal interviews with Rice, an intimacy afforded to him as one of the few reporters granted the opportunity to travel with her, Kessler takes readers inside the secret meetings Rice has held with foreign leaders and even her private conversations with President Bush. With access to all of Rice's top aides and sources in many overseas governments, Kessler also provides new information about one of the most secretive administrations in U.S. history. He shows how Rice molded herself into the image of a globe-trotting diplomatic superstar, negating memories of her past failures. He exposes new details about her secret role in Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, her maneuvers around government bureaucracy to strike a pivotal nuclear-energy deal with India, her persuasion of Bush to support possible groundbreaking talks with Iran, her failure to prevent the North Korean nuclear test, and her struggle to contain the devastating war between Israel and Lebanon. This book reveals not only Rice's public and private humiliation of foreign officials but also the ways in which her charm and grace have been successful assets in repairing fractured relations overseas."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Rice, Condoleezza, 1954-
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Friends and associates.
Stateswomen -- United States -- Biography.
Women cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-
ISBN 9780312363802