In this straightforward memoir, the former National Security Advisor and the first African American secretary of state traces the ways in which her upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1950s and 1960s, helped define her. Focusing on formative experiences and important people in her childhood, Condoleezza Rice shares the many influences that shaped her professional pursuits in academia and politics. Growing up middle-class and initially sheltered, Rice faced Jim Crow restrictions as well as the 1963 bombing of a nearby church in which one of her classmates was killed. In EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE, Rice tells how her parents--as well as her resilient community--instilled in her the perseverance that helped make these achievements possible.
Genre: Political Science, Biography + Autobiography