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The Condi Chronicles

First thing to do after leaving the White House? Sign a book deal. Or so it is for Condoleezza Rice, who has just promised two memoirs to Crown Publishers. The first, to be published in 2011, will focus on her years in the Bush administration, first as national security advisor, and then as secretary of state. The second book, which will be about her upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, will come out in 2012. Which is the more interesting depends, of course, on how forthcoming Rice wants to be.