This clear, evenhanded biography in the People to Know series will be a boon for middle-school students seeking material for National Women's History Month or a biography assignment. Kramer follows Albright's personal life and political career through early 1999 and the Kosovo bombings, presenting an intriguing portrait of an ambitious, active, and committed politician. She also discusses Albright's forthright, often controversial manner, noting her successes as well as the occasional negative reactions to her style of diplomacy. Kramer does an excellent job of summarizing foreign affairs and explaining the secretary of state's role and responsibilities. The heavily footnoted text refers readers to many magazine and newspaper articles, as well as full-length biographies. There's a listing of interesting Internet sites, too, along with a helpful chronology. The black-and-white photos were not available for evaluation. Debbie Carton
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In a somewhat skewed entry in the People to Know series, Kramer (Toni Morrison, 1996, etc.) documents Albright's life and career, from her work as a journalist, college professor, political advisor, and UN ambassador, to her current position. The book covers Albright's early years, education, marriage, political activity, and positions on world events. The author stresses Albright's well-documented outspokenness, but instead of finding an example in which her straightforward style was used in the cause of diplomacy or statesmanship, quotes her toast at a UN reception: ``I've had it with you guys. Cut the crap and behave yourself.'' That comes off as an unfair representation; later, readers are left a simplistic impression, that Albright's rise was more the result of her political astuteness, in backing the right candidate at the right time, than merit. Most of the information cited in the notes was derived from current magazines and newspapers; after this overview, readers may want to investigate those sources firsthand before drawing their own conclusions. (b&w photos, chronology, notes, further reading, index) (Biography. 10- 12) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.