“This book will not only inspire you about the true sources of America’s greatness, it will also provide some lessons in empowerment, tenacity, and fearlessness.”
—Walter Isaacson
“This book will not only inspire you about the true sources of America’s greatness, it will also provide some lessons in empowerment, tenacity, and fearlessness.”
—Walter Isaacson

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Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor. 
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Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early and with tough love how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan now shares the wisdom she learned along the way.

Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, DC, she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice’s elders—immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other—had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward—in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants.

Susan too rose rapidly. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors.

Rice provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the US response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.

Although you might think you know Susan Rice—whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya—now, through these pages, you truly will know her for the first time. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, resilient, compassionate leader.

Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.
“Susan Elizabeth Rice is one of the most gifted, tenacious, and influential foreign policy voices of our times, and in her revelatory new memoir Tough Love, she takes us to the seats of power she’s occupied from the State Department to the United Nations to the West Wing of America’s first black president, whom she served as National Security Advisor. In reading these pages, it’s easy to see why President Obama would trust her to give him the clearest assessment of the facts on any day, at any moment, and to offer him unvarnished counsel on how best to keep the country safe. At the core of Rice’s story, and brilliant career, is a fearless commitment to the truth and an unwavering devotion to the lessons she inherited as the descendent of Jamaican immigrants in Maine and enslaved Africans in South Carolina: to prize education as the path up to the American Dream and to have the confidence to be herself. In this remarkably honest examination of the opportunities and struggles confronting those charged with national security, Rice has given us an inspiring autobiography while making a critically important addition to the history of U.S. foreign policy.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
Harvard University


“In Tough Love, Susan Rice provides a compelling look at what it is really like to work in the inner sanctums of the White House and what it really means to walk the corridors of power.  In a gripping display of humor and grace, Susan invites us all to share in her triumphs and her failures – and she teaches some important life lessons along the way.  Reading Tough Love is like taking a master class in how to be a powerful woman.  It is also a classic American tale, relatable to anyone who has ever dreamed of success.  I was riveted from the first page of Tough Love to the last.”
Shonda Rhimes

“Susan Rice’s intellect, strategic prowess, and integrity are unrivalled among today’s national security leaders. I have seen firsthand how she has achieved vitally important results for American interests and values. Tough Love finally reveals who Susan Rice really is, much of which has been lost or misunderstood in public portrayals of her.  The fearless, compassionate, funny and selfless woman whom I have known since she was a child emerges as she shares with bracing honesty her challenges with family, motherhood, and leadership in the most demanding of male-dominated fields.”
Madeleine Albright,
Former Secretary of State


“Tough Love is a must-read for leaders and their teams. A brilliant, courageous woman with a remarkable personal story, Susan Rice provides a riveting and moving account of rising to the highest ranks in national security and diplomacy along with unmatched insight into the most complex global challenges.  She offers a masterclass for all who aspire to excellence, with invaluable lessons about high performance leadership and effective management of complex teams in unforgiving circumstances.  Her powerful, hopeful appeal to our shared values as Americans and all that we stand to gain by coming together is profoundly inspirational and more urgent than ever.”
Indra Nooyi,
Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo



“As President, I leaned on Ambassador Rice’s experience, expertise, and willingness to tell me what I needed to hear. In her memoir, Tough Love, you’ll see why. It’s a tribute to American leadership—and a unifying call for us to do our part to protect it. I hope you’ll read it.”
President Barack Obama



“In her candid memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, Susan Rice does something she says she couldn't as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations or as President Barack Obama's national security adviser: tell her story. And she does, in a personal and honest manner…It's the kind of tough love we could all use at the moment.”
NPR

“Susan Rice’s intellect, strategic prowess, and integrity are unrivaled among today’s national security leaders. I have seen firsthand how she has achieved vitally important results for American interests and values. Tough Love finally reveals who Susan Rice really is, much of which has been lost or misunderstood in public portrayals of her. The fearless, compassionate, funny, and selfless woman whom I have known since she was a child emerges as she shares with bracing honesty her challenges with family, motherhood, and leadership in the most demanding of male-dominated fields.”
Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State

“Susan Elizabeth Rice is one of the most gifted, tenacious, and influential foreign policy voices of our times, and in her revelatory new memoir Tough Love, she takes us to the seats of power she’s occupied from the State Department to the United Nations to the West Wing of America’s first black president, whom she served as National Security Advisor. In this remarkably honest examination of the opportunities and struggles confronting those charged with national security, Rice has given us an inspiring autobiography while making a critically important addition to the history of US foreign policy.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

“This is a breathtakingly honest account by a true American patriot about what it’s like to grow up with tough love and then deploy those values on behalf of our nation’s foreign policies. Weaving together the personal and the professional, Susan Rice describes how her upbringing in a distinguished but at times struggling family helped prepare her to be a fierce champion of American interests and survive the unfair attacks on her in the aftermath of the Benghazi tragedy. This book will not only inspire you about the true sources of America’s greatness, it will also provide some lessons in empowerment, tenacity, and fearlessness.”
Walter Isaacson 

Tough Love is a must-read for leaders and their teams. A brilliant, courageous woman with a remarkable personal story, Susan Rice provides a riveting and moving account of rising to the highest ranks in national security and diplomacy along with unmatched insight into the most complex global challenges. She offers a master class for all who aspire to excellence, with invaluable lessons about high performance leadership and effective management of complex teams in unforgiving circumstances. Her powerful, hopeful appeal to our shared values as Americans and all that we stand to gain by coming together is profoundly inspirational and more urgent than ever.”
Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo  

“In Tough Love, Susan Rice provides a compelling look at what it is really like to work in the inner sanctums of the White House and what it really means to walk the corridors of power. In a gripping display of humor and grace, Susan invites us all to share in her triumphs and her failures—and she teaches some important life lessons along the way. Reading Tough Love is like taking a master class in how to be a powerful woman. It is also a classic American tale, relatable to anyone who has ever dreamed of success. I was riveted from the first page of Tough Love to the last.”
Shonda Rhimes




“Stellar…enthrallingly covers her time in Obama’s administration…Rice’s insightful memoir serves as an astute, analytical take on recent American political history.”
publishers weekly (starred review)  



“Rice’s behind-the-scenes take on major foreign policy challenges are fascinating…While she prefers not to dwell on the racism and sexism of Washington, her anger comes through loud and clear. Although Rice is frank about the toll her career took on her family, she is able to look back on her experiences with pride, gratitude, and bracing realism.”
booklist (starred review)  
“As President, I leaned on Ambassador Rice’s experience, expertise, and willingness to tell me what I needed to hear. In her memoir, Tough Love, you’ll see why. It’s a tribute to American leadership—and a unifying call for us to do our part to protect it. I hope you’ll read it.” —President Barack Obama

“In her candid memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, Susan Rice does something she says she couldn't as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations or as President Barack Obama's national security adviser: tell her story. And she does, in a personal and honest manner… It's the kind of tough love we could all use at the moment.”
NPR

“Susan Rice’s intellect, strategic prowess, and integrity are unrivalled among today’s national security leaders. I have seen firsthand how she has achieved vitally important results for American interests and values. Tough Love finally reveals who Susan Rice really is, much of which has been lost or misunderstood in public portrayals of her.  The fearless, compassionate, funny and selfless woman whom I have known since she was a child emerges as she shares with bracing honesty her challenges with family, motherhood, and leadership in the most demanding of male-dominated fields.”
Madeleine Albright,
Former Secretary of State


“Susan Elizabeth Rice is one of the most gifted, tenacious, and influential foreign policy voices of our times, and in her revelatory new memoir Tough Love, she takes us to the seats of power she’s occupied from the State Department to the United Nations to the West Wing of America’s first black president, whom she served as National Security Advisor. In reading these pages, it’s easy to see why President Obama would trust her to give him the clearest assessment of the facts on any day, at any moment, and to offer him unvarnished counsel on how best to keep the country safe. At the core of Rice’s story, and brilliant career, is a fearless commitment to the truth and an unwavering devotion to the lessons she inherited as the descendent of Jamaican immigrants in Maine and enslaved Africans in South Carolina: to prize education as the path up to the American Dream and to have the confidence to be herself. In this remarkably honest examination of the opportunities and struggles confronting those charged with national security, Rice has given us an inspiring autobiography while making a critically important addition to the history of US foreign policy.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
Harvard University


"This is a breathtakingly honest account by a true American patriot about what it’s like to grow up with tough love and then deploy those values on behalf of our nation’s foreign policies. Weaving together the personal and the professional, Susan Rice describes how her upbringing in a distinguished but at times struggling family helped prepare her to be a fierce champion of American interests and survive the unfair attacks on her in the aftermath of the Benghazi tragedy. This book will not only inspire you about the true sources of America’s greatness, it will also provide some lessons in empowerment, tenacity, and fearlessness.”
Walter Isaacson

“Tough Love is a must-read for leaders and their teams. A brilliant, courageous woman with a remarkable personal story, Susan Rice provides a riveting and moving account of rising to the highest ranks in national security and diplomacy along with unmatched insight into the most complex global challenges. She offers a masterclass for all who aspire to excellence, with invaluable lessons about high performance leadership and effective management of complex teams in unforgiving circumstances. Her powerful, hopeful appeal to our shared values as Americans and all that we stand to gain by coming together is profoundly inspirational and more urgent than ever.”
Indra Nooyi,
former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo  


“In Tough Love, Susan Rice provides a compelling look at what it is really like to work in the inner sanctums of the White House and what it really means to walk the corridors of power. In a gripping display of humor and grace, Susan invites us all to share in her triumphs and her failures—and she teaches some important life lessons along the way.  Reading Tough Love is like taking a master class in how to be a powerful woman. It is also a classic American tale, relatable to anyone who has ever dreamed of success. I was riveted from the first page of Tough Love to the last.”
Shonda Rhimes

“Stellar…enthrallingly covers her time in Obama’s administration…Rice’s insightful memoir serves as an astute, analytical take on recent American political history.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rice’s behind-the-scenes take on major foreign policy challenges are fascinating…While she prefers not to dwell on the racism and sexism of Washington, her anger comes through loud and clear. Although Rice is frank about the toll her career took on her family, she is able to look back on her experiences with pride, gratitude, and bracing realism.”
Booklist (starred review)

Events
To contact Ambassador Rice for appearances, please contact: Christine.Lancman@CAA.com

CITY
DATE
VENUE

Portland, OR




Palo Alto, CA




Charleston, SC





Austin, TX




Toronto



Miami, FL



Washington, DC




NOV 9, 2019




NOV 12, 2019




NOV 18, 2019





NOV 20, 2019




NOV 22, 2019  



NOV 23, 2019



DEC 3, 2019



Portland Book Festival

In conversation with Dave Miller
https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/pdxbookfest/


Stanford
In Conversation with Michael McFaul
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-with-ambassador-susan-e-rice-tickets-76812595541

Grace Church
With Blue Bicycle Books in conversation with Mayor Joseph Riley Jr.
https://bluebicyclebooks.com/2019/10/13/former-u-n-ambassador-susan-rice-at-grace-church-cathedral-mon-nov-18-7-pm/


LBJ Library and Foundation
In conversation with Mark Updegrove
http://www.lbjlibrary.org/events/an-evening-with-ambassador-susan-rice

Ramsay Talks
In conversation with Peter Mansbridge
https://www.ramsaytalks.com/events/susan-rice/


Miami Book Fair International
In conversation with Tom Healy
https://www.miamibookfair.com/

National Museum of African American History and Culture
In conversation with Lonnie Bunch
https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/tough-love-conversation-between-susan-rice-and-lonnie-g-bunch-iii
*Please inquire with the venue about ticket info or specific questions about the event.

NOV 9, 2019
Portland, OR
PORTLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
In conversation with Dave Miller
https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/pdxbookfest/

NOV 12, 2019
Palo Alto, CA
Stanford
In conversation with Michael McFaul
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-with-ambassador-susan-e-rice-tickets-76812595541

NOV 18, 2019
Charleston, SC
GRACE CHURCH
With Blue Bicycle Books in conversation with Mayor Joseph Riley Jr.
https://bluebicyclebooks.com/2019/10/13/former-u-n-ambassador-susan-rice-at-grace-church-cathedral-mon-nov-18-7-pm/

NOV 20, 2019
Austin, TX
LBJ LIBRARY AND FOUNDATION
In conversation with Mark Updegrove
http://www.lbjlibrary.org/events/an-evening-with-ambassador-susan-rice


NOV 22, 2019
Toronto
RAMSAY TALKS
In conversation with Peter Mansbridge
https://www.ramsaytalks.com/events/susan-rice/

NOV 23, 2019
Miami, FL
MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL
In conversation with Tom Healy
https://www.miamibookfair.com/


DEC 3, 2019
Washington, DC
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
In conversation with Lonnie Bunch
https://nmaahc.si.edu/event/tough-love-conversation-between-susan-rice-and-lonnie-g-bunch-iii

*Please inquire with the venue about ticket
info or specific questions about the event.
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