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Condoleezza Rice gets a multi-million dollar book deal

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is probably hammering away at a computer keyboard today as part of her new job, author. Several major media outlets, yesterday and today, report Rice has signed a three book deal with Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. According to the Associated Press, the deal is worth at least $2.5 million!

The 54-year-old George W. Bush confidant will begin with a book about her White House days: “Rice will combine candid narrative and acute analysis to tell the story of her time in the White House and as America’s top diplomat, and her role in protecting American security and shaping foreign policy during the extraordinary period from 2001-2009,” according to a statement released by Crown on Sunday. That book is due out in 2011.

Rice, who grew up in the segregated South, went on to become a top official at Stanford University before joining the George W. team and eventually taking positions in the Republican President’s administration. Rice will write about that personal journey in a family memoir, which will appear as a YA book as well. Those two books are scheduled for release in 2012.

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