Condoleezza Rice Up Close

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice already has a place in history. But there's a lot of history left for her to make, and she's out to make it count.

The risks are manifold. The challenges, some might say, insurmountable. Pressing for a Palestinian state and an Arab-Israeli peace. Stability in Iraq. The puzzle of Iran. Strengthening America's shaky standing in the world.

As a child of the segregated South, Rice has leaped tall hurdles. But much remains in her way, including baggage from her own record in the Bush administration.

This hour, On Point: Condoleezza Rice's bid for history.Guests:

Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington reporter for The New York Times and author of "Condoleezza Rice: An American Life."

This program aired on December 12, 2007.


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