- Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
- Narrated by: Grace Angela Henry
- Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-09-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans.
In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy. At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen, in order to put democracy's challenges into perspective.
When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America's long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world - from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Time frames for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia, they never exist in the real world. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones.
These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around the world, whether they are opposing authoritarian regimes, establishing new democratic institutions, or reforming mature democracies to better live up to their ideals. The work of securing it is never finished.
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By Jean on 05-18-17
A Case for Democracy
This book is Condoleezza Rice’s attempt to inform the reader about the idea of democracy promotion as a key goal for United States foreign policy. Rice states that the United States engaged in a policy of global engagement and the global extension of democracy. She states Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama worked within this overall framework. She has concerns about President Trump’s America First policy. Rice was the first black female Secretary of State and the second female Secretary of State.
Rice reviews the success and failures of democracy in various countries. Some of the countries she discusses are Russia, Egypt and Nigeria. I found the review of the situation in the Ukraine helpful particularly how Russia interfered in its election process. Rice reviewed the history and how the Ukraine got into its current situation. She describes the success of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia as a country where democracy has taken hold after a terrible civil war.
The book is well written and researched. Rice is an honest and sincere writer. She is candid about the times that democracy promotion has led to costly mistakes. She is forthright about mistakes in Iraq. She says democracy promotion is very hard work. I do not know if Rice will successfully change the mind of skeptics of democracy promotion, but everyone will be better educated and informed after reading this book.
The book is about thirteen hours long. Grace Angela Henry did a good job narrating the book. Henry is an actor, voice over artist, multi-lingual, award-winning audiobook narrator.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful