To read Susan Rices Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For is like walking through a lost paradise. This country of fortune houses an American president who has intelligence, empathy, who knows how to surround himself with loyal and competent staff, who work tirelessly for democracy despite the stubborn opposition of party political opponents.
Autobiography takes us on the inside of events we know from the outside. Rice grew up with African-American parents who set high standards of community engagement.
The parents' marital petition and later divorce also provided heartfelt lessons, and the result was an ambitious youngster who knew a lot about negotiating techniques from the start and who one day faced a like-minded senator by the name Barack Obama. The first time Obama asked her for advice, the answer was: "You praise Reagan too much and Bill Clinton too little."
When Obama started his campaign as the Democratic presidential candidate, he joined Susan Rice on the team. She has been there ever since. Which UN ambassador. As the president's security adviser.
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