Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power

Marcus Mabry

Rodale,  May 2007

Perhaps no American leader is better known and less understood than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Beyond the dramatic story of her past -- her ascent from segregated Alabama to the halls of power -- and the controversy of her present, little is known about her as a woman, and while she has broken barriers and achieved extraordinary success, she is also one of the most polarizing figures of our time. Rice embodies contradiction. As an African American girl growing up in the South when the civil rights movement was at its most tumultuous and inspiring, her own views on race are complex. While she has benefited from advances in civil rights legislation and evolving acceptance of blacks, hers has been a singularly individualistic rise, the product of her parents' determination to make her "special."

Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power is the first biography of Rice to reveal the private woman behind the public image. Bringing his superlative skills as a journalist to bear on this most intriguing of subjects, Newsweek chief of correspondents Marcus Mabry chronicles the fascinating story of Rice's life so far: from her childhood in Alabama and Colorado -- where she loved ice skating and playing the piano -- to her discovery of international affairs at the knee of Madeleine Albright's father, Josef Korbel, to her role in taking America to war in Iraq. What drove her to the fateful decisions that the United States and the world are now living with? How will history judge her and what awaits her after her service to George W. Bush? Mabry answers these questions in a deeply nuanced portrait of a driven woman of many contradictions whose power is vast -- and still growing. 

hardcover | ISBN: 9781594863622 | Publication Date: May 2007

"Marcus Mabry uncovers what was never shown before -- what some suspected didn't exist -- the personal Condoleezza Rice. A tour de force!"
--Richard Ben Cramer, author of Jo DiMaggio and What it Takes

"If you think you know superstar Condi Rice, think again, and read this book. Marcus Mabry has dug into her past and present and found someone stronger as a person and weaker as a foreign policy strategist than the usual mythologies. This Condi is pure superhuman steel and a true believer in whatever cause she marries, almost no matter how contradictory the causes. All this is told by a real reporter with old-fashioned fairness."
--Leslie H. Gelb, former foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.