Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
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Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations, reveals her powerful story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller.
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 in this "personal and honest...ode to public service" (NPR).
Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice's elders-immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other-encouraged each generation to rise. And rise they did, 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, from "Black Hawk Down" in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda, 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.
With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the fallout from Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, the US response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.
Although you might think you know Susan Rice-whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya-now, through these pages, you truly will know her for the first time. "An astute, analytical take on recent American political history," (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 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.
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