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Madam Secretary: A Memoir Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2005
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From The New Yorker
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"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
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 ›
Albright tells of her early years as the daughter of a Czech diplomat and of her flight from the Nazis and later the communists. Her tales of growing in very middle-class, very white bread Denver in the 1950s were laugh-out-loud hilarious. The picture of the future Secretary of State trying so hard to be liked on Valentine's day was both poignant and ironic. Albright takes us through her years at Wellesley College, to her marriage to newspaper heir-apparent Joe Albright, through the birth of her children and her dreams of becoming a professor like her father. After her unexpected divorce, she found comfort in teaching and involvement in politics, fundraising for Ed Muskie in 1972. Eventually taped as Ambassador to the UN and then Secretary of State by Bill Clinton, she had a privileged position to view (and direct) the policies of the United States and the world.
The book is a wonderful, though not too detailed, history lesson in world politics. Albright lets us in on the inner negotiations around the Camp David accords between Yassar Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu, to the Wye River accords with Balkan leaders, past the Lewinsky affair and to the Clinton Administration's often frustrating attempts to deal with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and Slobodan Milosevic in the former Yugoslavia. Throughout, Albright shows her admiration for and loyalty to Bill Clinton, and an admirable determination to make America the champion of peace and diplomacy throughout the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 19 months ago by MCB
A great book by a great lady. Very interesting reading and informative on the workings of government,Published 22 months ago by Donn Martin
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
I gave up about 2/3 way thru. Just overwhelming, because her life was so full. Feel she could have dropped some of the detail and made it a more interesting read.Published on July 21, 2013 by Karen Mclean
too bad we get old & can't serve forever - this woman was GOLD to the USA - a wonderful, brilliant woman!Published on March 10, 2013 by Nancy S West
The book arrived in good time (Australia) - the cover, binding and inside pages were all in very good shapePublished on January 18, 2013 by Leon Soste
Be patient, it's an intense, revealing, educational read. You'll learn a lot about the ins and outs of foreign policy you didn't know.Published on December 5, 2012 by Sandra