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Madam Secretary: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2005
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From The New Yorker
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker
"Madeleine Albright's memoir is unlike that of any other Secretary of State. It captures the tension between insecurity and ambition..." -- New York Times Book Review
"One of the most diverting political bios in recent memory." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Provides a sweeping overview of foreign crises during the entire eight year term of the Clinton presidency..." -- Seattle Times
"The fascinating story of a remarkable person who has served her country well." -- Dallas Morning News
Top Customer Reviews
Madeleine Korbel Albright was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. Her father was an official in the Czech government-in-exile who fled to London, where she remembers enduring the blitz. Her father served in several diplomatic posts after World War II and when the Communists took over Czechoslovakia in 1948 he sent his family to the United States, where he ended up running the School of International Studies at the University of Denver (where one of his prize students was Condolezza Rice). On the personal side of the ledger Albright talks about her marriage to "Newsday" scion Joe Albright, which ended in divorce, raising her three daughters, and learning late in her life that her Jewish grandparents had died in Nazi concentration camps.Read more ›
Strangely, after completing this long memoir which could have been considerably shortened, I discovered her ideas of freedom and democracy are actually not unlike those of Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice, her successors in the Bush administration. So I wonder why then, does she sound so partisan and take little digs at them on television interviews?
Madeleine Korbel was born in 1937 in Prague. She lived in England, went to school in Switzerland for a time, and arrived with her family in America in 1948. In 1949 the Korbel family moved to Colorado. While attending Wellesley College, she became an American citizen in 1957. In 1959, after graduating, she married Joseph Albright. They had three daughter, including identical twins. She suffered a very painful divorce from Joseph Albright in 1983.
During the marriage she earned a Ph.D from Columbia University. She worked for Senator Edmund Muskie, worked on the staff of the National Security Council among other things, and somehow managed to be wife, mother, hostess, and hone her diplomatic skills while working long hours.Read more ›
I am still fascinated by the chequered career of "Madam Secretary", who came from a Czech refugee family that first fled Hitler and then the communists. After reaching America, her zigzagging life eventually landed her in the upper echelon of American diplomacy and policy-making. This path alone makes this memoir worth every little centimeter of every frayed penny you spend on it.
This is an outspoken work, and it provides a ringside view of a world in unprecedented turbulence. No, I do not think the authors were fawning a political celeb. It contains a colorful portrait of several other big tykes -- the Clintons, Colin Powell, Jesse Helms, Vaclav Havel, Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, King Hussein, Vladimir Putin, Slobodan Milosevic, and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il. All this tirade, whether your polemical filter reconciles with it or not, makes for quite an interesting read.
As regards weaving an intimate and panoramic tapestry of Madeleine's character, well the writing is fluent, tight, and very interesting. I seldom devour politically charged reminiscences with such zeal. It is clearly self-billed as a "memoir, so I did not expect it to be a highly objective analysis of political stances, if there were such a beast to begin with.
In my book, this comes highly recommended. Will definitely not bore you if that is any consolation. Come to think of it, I guess it also makes for a great movie theme.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Madam Secretary by Madeline Albright is a wonderful story that illuminates the history through which she has lived, learned and served as she experienced so many successes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daily Reader
Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia and came to the US at age 11 when Hitler's forces invaded. Read morePublished 12 months ago by gloria piper
Details and more details that are not particularly interesting or that add much to the book. Way more than anyone would like to know....too much information.Published 20 months ago by MCB
A great book by a great lady. Very interesting reading and informative on the workings of government,Published 23 months ago by Donn Martin
I am very pleased with this book.It tells of a lot of things about her,I did not know.Madam Albright is a hard Lady to beat in the office,she was a very good one to. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Shirley
A real person was not evident, it was clearly ghost written and lacked the real human feeling of a real person.Published on July 21, 2014 by R. Karr
It all started with admiring her as a politician, then my admiration changed to loving to read as much as i could find about her FINALLY i started having a crush on he her to fall... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Morhaf S. Atassi