Condoleezza Rice, former national security advisor and secretary of state, publishes her memoir, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” on Nov. 1. Crown on Thursday released the cover photo for the book.

If you go shopping for Rice’s book, make sure not to confuse it with other similarly titled tales: “No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf” and “No Higher Honor: The USS Yorktown and the Battle of Midway” and “No Higher Honor: The Story of Mills E. Godwin, Jr.” (psst: former governor of Virginia).

So who’s honor was the highest?

Crown offers this on Rice’s book: “In ‘No Higher Honor,’ Rice shares her unique perspective on the most consequential political, diplomatic, and security issues of the administration. In her own words, she describes the harrowing terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and chronicles her experience of appearing before the 9/11 Commission, for which she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness. She also reveals new details about the contentious debates in the lead-up to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Rice’s latest effort follows on last year’s “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” which told of her upbringing in segregation-era Birmingham, Ala., and the impact of her parents on her life.

When she turns her eye on the Bush administration, the publisher promises, Rice will be “surpisingly candid” about her colleagues and the many foreign leaders she encountered.

I can’t help wondering how she paints the vice president who in his own book calls Rice naïve in her dealings with North Korea and goes so far as to say her advice on the country was “utterly misleading.”

The next several weeks promise to be a period of sweet nostalgia for Bush insiders, too.


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