As National Security Advisor, she has one of the most demanding and important jobs on earth. As one of the few African Americans to hold a high position in the Bush administration, she is both an inspiration and a lightning rod for controversy.
Condoleezza Rice is a truly unique figure in American politics: the first woman to hold the post of National Security Advisor, she is an accomplished pianist and hopes one day to be commissioner of the National Football League. For now, however, her time is devoted to the evolving fight against terror and sifting the many conflicting views on the issue in order to present them clearly and concisely to President Bush. Here, BIOGRAPHY® follows her unique career path, speaking with those who have worked with her along the way and revealing why none of them are surprised she has risen to her lofty position