What We Are Reading Today: Tough Love by Susan A. Rice

Updated 11 October 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Tough Love by Susan A. Rice

Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country.

Rice’s new memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, spans not only many of the complex issues she faced in the administrations of former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, but also the complexity of being an African American woman in government.

She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of Obama’s most trusted advisers.

Rice deserves credit for unsparingly owning up to her reputation as a difficult boss, said Abby D. Phillip in a review for The New York Times.

“Rice leaves the question of her future largely unanswered, but it seems clear that she is not ready to leave the arena. She closes the book with several prescriptions for the excessive divisions and partisanship she believes ail America,” said Phillip.


Al-Hosn Festival to kick off celebration of Abu Dhabi’s culture

The festival is an eight-day event. (Supplied)
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Al-Hosn Festival to kick off celebration of Abu Dhabi’s culture

  • The first edition of the Al-Hosn Festival will kick off on Thursday
  • The event aims to showcase the emirate’s diverse culture

DUBAI: The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi is set to inaugurate the first edition of the Al-Hosn Festival on Thursday. It will run until Dec. 19. 

Spread throughout Al-Hosn’s multiple components — including Qasr Al-Hosn, House of Artisans, the Cultural Foundation and outdoor areas — the festival is an eight-day celebration of the emirate’s heritage, offering a daily program of art, design, cuisine, performance and more.

The event will offer daily programs of art, design, cuisine, performance and more. (Supplied)

The event aims to showcase the emirate’s diverse culture — from its history and heritage, to the contemporary cross-cultural exchange depicted within the art installations, interactive workshops and performances.

At Qasr Al-Hosn, guests will be able to visit “The Living Museum,” which will have live actors depicting the daily life of previous eras.  

“The Living Heritage Souq” is a where stall-keepers produce and sell traditional goods, including perfumes, spices and clothing. At the “Emirati Culinary Challenge,” chefs will cook traditional and contemporary Emirati dishes. 

The event will have performances by different bands. (Supplied)

Cultural Foundation will kick off the performing arts element of the festival on Thursday evening with a performance by Arab rock band Jadal.