Rodale to Publish Condoleezza Rice Biography

Mabry, Newsweek Chief Of Correspondents, to Pen Definitive Work

on One of the World's Most Complex and Influential Figures

Feb 24, 2005, 00:00 ET from Rodale Inc.

    NEW YORK, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a preempt, Rodale Executive Editor
 Leigh Haber has acquired North American rights to an important new biography
 of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice by Newsweek Senior Editor and Chief of
 Correspondents Marcus Mabry. The deal was negotiated with literary agent
 Charlotte Sheedy. The author is expected to complete the manuscript in 18
 months, and the book will be published soon thereafter.
     The biography is to be titled TWICE AS GOOD: The Souls of Condoleezza
 Rice. In an effort to understand Rice's historic ascension to Secretary of
 State, her politics and her policies -- and her chances of reaching an even
 higher office -- Mabry will look to her childhood in Alabama as well as her
 terms as Provost at Stanford and as National Security Advisor in the Bush
 Administration, examining the pivotal role she has played in shaping the most
 aggressive and controversial American foreign policy in a generation.
     Mabry is an African American who shares Rice's status as a former fellow
 at the Council on Foreign Relations; and, coincidentally, both concentrated
 their studies at Stanford on the Soviet Union. It is from this uniquely shared
 perspective that he will write a biography that not only tells the story of
 the most powerful African American woman in the history of U.S. politics but
 also examines the larger questions of identity, race, class and politics that
 her story poses for blacks, whites and both political parties. As a former
 foreign correspondent and the author of White Bucks and Black-eyed Peas, a
 memoir on race and class in America, renown for his balanced reportage and
 analysis, Mabry will explore the price Rice has paid for her ambition in terms
 of her sometimes contradictory status in the African American community as
 well as the political and policy choices that Rice has made -- and will make
 as Secretary of State -- and there ramifications for America and the world.
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