Tough Love

Tough Love

My Story of the Things Worth Fighting for

Book - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice 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. Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, DC, she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice's elders -- immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other -- had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward -- in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants. Susan too rose rapidly. 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. Rice provides an insider's account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from "Black Hawk Down" in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. She 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. Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.
Publisher: New York : 37 INK ; Simon & Schuster, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501189975
1501189972
Characteristics: viii, 531 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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roydg
Aug 15, 2020

is there a hard copy

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AaronAardvark1940
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.

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lilypad_1
Oct 10, 2019

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

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StarGladiator
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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