Tough Love

Tough Love

My Story of the Things Worth Fighting for

Book - 2019
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"Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan now shares the wisdom she learned along the way. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, Rice reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration. Although you might think you know Susan Rice, through these pages you truly will know her for the first time. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, resilient, compassionate leader."-- Adapted from
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501189975
Characteristics: viii, 531 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice -- National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations -- delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country.

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Aug 15, 2020

is there a hard copy

Dec 28, 2019

Very linear narrative. A biography of a family's success. Rice's description of the duties involved in the various posts she has held was quite interesting, as were her takes on many of the people she worked with (and against) along the way. Rice pats herself on the back a bit much for my taste, but she recognizes her faults, and the book seems a fair history of her service. Her chapter 19, "Point Guard," describes the role of National Security Advisor and how the team approach to making America safe is supposed to work. Whether or not you think the Obama administration took a correct view, or even if you believe Rice made serious mistakes, compare her view of the appropriate process with what we now seem to have.

Oct 10, 2019

The first commenter is obviously biased and is espousing s/he political views.

Jun 18, 2019

This is a political theater-type book, so a goodly portion should be taken with much skepticism. Rice writes some disingenuous stuff: President Obama's Iran treaty was a paper deal and a disaster, already proven so by Iran's latest moves on the nuke tech front, which negates that treaty with other signing parties.
Also, the monies returned to Iran went directly into their global terrorist fund, resulting in too many international deaths. President Obama's foreign policy, overall, was uniformly atrocious [even ignoring that $500 million to those nonexistent Syrian rebels, shades of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love and the discussion by the KGB on American spending habits] - - a complete disaster on all levels. China's Emperor Xi Jinping treated President Obama in a consistently rude and derogatory fashion - - which should have been noted by all and indicative of their further actions recently. That is not to say that Trumps' foreign policy is any better - - his sanctions against Iran have driven them further into China's fold - - and China is now purchasing a great deal of Iran's oil, be it overtly or covertly. Since 30% of global oil shipments go through the Strait of Hormuz [off the coast of Iran], and the remaining 70% travel within China's militarized and illegal [by international maritime law standards] Nine-Dash Line, or their Cow's Tongue, the ramifications of this should be most obvious! [And was Iran acting on its own, or as China's proxy when it attacked those six oil tankers?]
Meanwhile, the whorish entities such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council and National Association of Manufacturers are oblivious to national security and global security, only concerned with inflating the financial assets of their supporters!
Only Nancy Pelosi - - who I am not a fan of - - has done anything intelligent lately on the foreign policy front - - suggesting a change in Hong Kong's status [HK enjoys a special status regarding trade, immigration, financial markets, et cetera, with America; similar to Australia, Canada and the UK] which may have been the tipping point in Beijing's backing off of their extradition fiasco/gambit.
[Regarding that secret channel to Iran: Secretary of State John Kerry's son-in-law, and Iranian-American, has a cousin who is the son of Iran's Foreign Minister - - so not really a secret channel so much as family relatives!]


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