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Rice turns author, plans to write trilogy

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has reportedly signed a $2.5 million deal to write a trilogy that will chart her rise from a segregated neighbourhood in Alabama to the top ranks of the White House.

world Updated: Feb 26, 2009 11:20 IST

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has reportedly signed a $2.5 million deal to write a trilogy that will chart her rise from a segregated neighbourhood in Alabama to the top ranks of the White House.

The 54-year-old Rice’s yet untitled first book will be a memoir of her years in the Bush administration, reported telegraph.co.uk.

“Rice will combine candid narrative and acute analysis to tell the story of her time in the White House and as top diplomat of US and her role in protecting American security and shaping foreign policy during the extraordinary period from 2001-2009,” read a statement issued by the publishers, Crown, a division of Random House Inc.

Sources inside the publishing house told the newspapers that the deal is worth at least $2.5 million, with the first book scheduled to appear in the markets in 2011.

The second book will be about her family, scheduled for a 2012 release, and a young-adult edition of her family book that will come out at the same time.

“The second memoir will be a poignant and instructive look” at Miss Rice’s family in Alabama, where she overcame racism to achieve academic success, then political high office.“ said the statement.

Rice, who was the country’s second African American foreign policy chief after Colin Powell, enjoyed public good will despite the unpopularity of Bush administration.