WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice signed a deal to write two memoirs over the next few years, one on her time in the White House and another about her family, Crown Publishers announced Monday.
Rice’s first book, tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2011, will be about her eight years in former President Bush’s White House, including four as Secretary of State. Crown Publishers V.P. and Executive Editor Rick Horgan called Rice “one of history’s trailblazers.”
“Her vantage point was unique, and there is tremendous curiosity regarding her private assessment of what occurred, as well as her informed view of where global relations are headed,” Horgan said in a statement.
In her second memoir, set to come out a year later, Rice will talk about growing up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama. Random House will simultaneously publish a young-adult version of the book.
“We feel doubly fortunate to also be publishing Secretary Rice’s account of her upbringing, which promises to be wonderfully evocative and inspiring,” Horgan said.
Crown Publishers would not say how much Rice was offered for the book deal, although reports have placed it in the seven-figure range.