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. About Rodale Inc. For more than 60 years, Rodale has been one of the world's most trusted lifestyle publishing brands, providing authentic information to help our readers put their passions into practice. Every month we reach more than 30 million people in 42 countries through magazines, books, Web sites, integrated marketing solutions and international publishing agreements that inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them. Rodale's magazine properties, all veteran publications in their categories, include the global brands Prevention, Men's Health and Runner's World as well as Organic Style, Organic Gardening, Best Life, Backpacker, Bicycling and Mountain Bike. Rodale is the largest independent book publisher in America with a growing stable of international titles. Recent Rodale New York Times Bestsellers include The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, The Abs Diet, Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars, Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss, and 8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge Cruise.
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