Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rutherford B Hayes or Twice as Good

Rutherford B. Hayes

Author: Hans L Trefouss

The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which Congress set up a special electoral commission, handing the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, brings recent events to sharp focus.Historian Hans L. Trefousse explores Haye's new relevance and reconsiders what many have seen as the pitfalls of his presidency. A great intellectual and one of our best-educated presidents, Hayes did much in the way of healing the nation and elevating the presidency.

Interesting book: An Herbalists Guide to Growing and Using Echinacea or Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power

Author: Marcus Mabry

Perhaps no American leader is better known and less understood than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Beyond the dramatic story of the 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 xontradiction. 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 om a deeply nuanced portrait of a driven woman of many contradictions whose power is vast--and still growing.

The Washington Post - Amy Alexander

In Twice as Good, we encounter the secretary of state in a straightforward biography that is at once utterly predictable and moderately surprising. By the end of this exceptionally well-researched book, whatever opinion you take away probably will stem more from your own expectations than from the Condoleezza Rice portrayed in these pages.

The New York Times - Jonathan Freedland

Twice as Good, by Marcus Mabry, the chief of correspondents for Newsweek, works hard to solve the Rice puzzle. It digs deep into the story of her family, including her slave ancestors, and the hugely influential figure of her father, the Rev. John Rice. We follow the family's journey from segregation in Alabama to educational opportunity in Colorado and finally to California. We learn much — with a detail uncommon in a political biography — of her almost frighteningly intense childhood.

Table of Contents:
Preface     xxiv
Introduction: Essence     xxix
Alabama Steel
Debut     3
Perfect     14
Resistance     39
Higher Learning
Fall     63
Rebirth     78
Star     102
Prelude     131
Transition     150
Path to Power
Transformation     169
Schooled     193
Power     241
Storms     268
History     297
Notes     309
Bibliography     341
Acknowledgments     348
Credits     351
Index     353

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