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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