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Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H. W. Bush had been known for saying "Read my lips." I began urging colleagues and reporters to "Read my pins."
It would never have happened if not for Saddam Hussein. When U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright criticized the dictator, his poet in residence responded by calling her "an unparalleled serpent." Shortly thereafter, while preparing to meet with Iraqi officials, Albright pondered: What to wear? She decided to make a diplomatic statement by choosing a snake pin. Although her method of communication was new, her message was as old as the American Revolution—Don't Tread on Me.
From that day forward, pins became part of Albright's diplomatic signature. International leaders were pleased to see her with a shimmering sun on her jacket or a cheerful ladybug; less so with a crab or a menacing wasp. Albright used pins to emphasize the importance of a negotiation, signify high hopes, protest the absence of progress, and show pride in representing America, among other purposes.
Part illustrated memoir, part social history, Read My Pins provides an intimate look at Albright's life through the brooches she wore. Her collection is both international and democratic—dime-store pins share pride of place with designer creations and family heirlooms. Included are the antique eagle purchased to celebrate Albright's appointment as secretary of state, the zebra pin she wore when meeting Nelson Mandela, and the Valentine's Day heart forged by Albright's five-year-old daughter. Read My Pins features more than 200 photographs, along with compelling and often humorous stories about jewelry, global politics, and the life of one of America's most accomplished and fascinating diplomats.
Madeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Lively, fun, and witty expose of the life of Madame Secretary of State described via her communication with world leaders encountering her storied jewelry collection. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Merle Ann
My wife enjoyed this book. She loved the fact that Madeleine Albright's sense of humour and sense of occasion was transported through her gorgeous collection of pins and also that... Read morePublished 13 days ago by anthony r enders
The pins were on display at Wellesley College and I attend the viewing. What a great experience to see them up close. I had to buy the book !!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debbie G
So much fun reading get perspective on meetings and other diplomats.Published 1 month ago by CTBarb
Enjoy story line on the messages of the pins for the occassionsPublished 1 month ago by lonnie h norris
One of my very favorite coffee table books. This is a most interesting, impressive book done by Madelene Albright. Very well done and creative.Published 2 months ago by Pat Pollino
What an enjoyable journey through Madame Secretary's jewelry vault, with many interesting background tidbits about the brooches themselves and the occasions on which they were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dee Long
with great and interesting stories to match. I love this kindle edition book even better than I liked the hardcover.Published 2 months ago by Cheri