Condoleezza Rice writes of bioterror fears

In a memoir recently released by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Rice writes of disagreements over national security and concerns over bioterrorism.

Rice uses the book, "No Higher Honor," to remind readers of the feeling of uncertainty and fear after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that shaped the making of policy. In addition to the anthrax attacks, Rice recounts other scares that weren't disclosed at the time, including feared attacks on Washington with radiological weapons and smallpox, the New York Times reports.

While Rice defends the most controversial decisions of the Bush era, including the invasion of Iraq, she writes of disagreements with President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Several conflicts were over what to do with captured terrorism suspects, the most intense of which came when Rice argued with Cheney that terrorism suspects could not be "disappeared" as in some authoritarian states.

She and Cheney argued over whether or not Bush should acknowledge holding Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other terrorism suspects in secret prisons overseas in August 2006, according to the New York Times. Bush sided with Rice and eventually moved the suspects to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Rice noted tension with Rumsfeld and said that he did not view her as an equal.

In the 734 page book, which only deals with her time in office, Rice also writes about the landmark nuclear accord with India, a Middle East peace initiative that came close to bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, and the late Col. Muammar eQaddafi's well-known "eerie fascination" with her.

The book will be published Nov. 1 by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House.