Magazine July 31, 2017, Issue

The Democratic Cause

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice poses for a portrait while promoting her new book “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” in New York, U.S. May 8, 2017. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, by Condoleezza Rice (Twelve, 458 pp., $35)

‘My family participated in the democratic process as if it mattered, even when, in substance, it didn’t,” Condoleezza Rice writes of growing up in the Jim Crow South. She attributes this to an “inexplicable faith.” It is a similar faith, and a hope, that she now holds out for the rest of the world — that there will someday come an opening for democracy in countries that might seem perpetually doomed to corruption, repression, war, and terrorism. And she still believes it is the job of the United States to promote and nourish such openings.

In some ways, the former secretary …

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