Women cabinet officers
Sep 26, 2012 — Condoleezza Rice remembers her time in the Bush administration, Michael Lewis and Thant Myint-U discuss the world's economies, Michael Moore recounts his journey toward becoming a filmmaker, and Toni Morrison collects essays about censorship and the power of literature.
Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Sep 29, 2009 — In her new book, Read My Pins, the former secretary of state reveals how she used jewelry as a diplomatic tool during her years with the Clinton administration.
Apr 16, 2009 — Kirstin Downey's lively new biography of Francis Perkins, President Franklin Roosevelt's controversial pick for Secretary of Labor, is called The Woman Behind the New Deal. Downey's book not only illuminates Perkins' career but also deepens popular understanding of Roosevelt's character.
Apr 16, 2009 — Kirstin Downey's biography of FDR's Labor Secretary Frances Perkins paints an inspiring and substantive portrait of the woman who ushered in the 40-hour work week.
Mar 28, 2009 — Frances Perkins was the first woman named to a U.S. president's Cabinet. As FDR's secretary of labor, she led the fight to establish Social Security. Biographer Kirstin Downey discusses The Woman Behind the New Deal.
Sep 5, 2007 — Washington Post correspondent Glenn Kessler discusses his new book, The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. The biography chronicles Rice's journey from a political science professor to the U.S. Secretary of State.
May 7, 2007 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is arguably the most powerful black woman in American history. But according to Newsweek Senior Editor Marcus Mabry, author of Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power, Rice guards her privacy with the same fierceness that has driven her political career. Mabry talks to Farai Chideya about his new biography of Rice.