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The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Albright's contention that religion is an unavoidable factor in world affairs is doubtlessly the correct stance for a realistic individual to take. She grasps the concept that we are in a world where the truths of even the very recent past are suddenly anachronistic. She also knows all too well that things are not going to change back anytime soon and might indeed grow very much worse unless all that can be done is done to maximize American efficiency in strategy-making.
In this book, Albright levels criticism where she sees it due (and she does not lay all of it at the doorstep of the George W. Bush administration) and suggests that instead of portraying global religious-based conflicts in terms of good v. evil, right v. wrong, American leadership might do a better job of seeking to comprehend the epistemological motivations of those outside of US hegemony. Albright, Secretary of State thru much of the 1990's suggests that policy-makers should do a better job of considering the underlying foundations of theological hostilities, uncover what actions might alleviate the stresses that presently exacerbate conflicts, and most of all discover what exists within the religions in question that might be used to improve the problems that face human society.
Albright also takes on---as President Jimmy Carter and others have in recent books---the undeniably powerful presence of the so-called religious right here in the United States.Read more ›
This book is a kind of sequel and amplification to her 2003 memoir MADAME SECRETARY. Albright is very good at filling in the historical context of such matters as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the complex divisions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, Turkey's slow but sure evolution toward democracy and the bewildering tribal politics that seems to stifle progressive impulses in Africa.
What she adds from her own perspective is the religious angle, and much of what she says amounts to obvious truths that no sensible person could disagree with: No nation should claim to be in sole and complete possession of God's will or the ultimate religious truth; diplomats should make themselves familiar with the language and religion of countries they are dealing with; diplomacy should never be a mere mask for religious proselytizing; the U.S. should remain strictly neutral toward the sectarian religious strife in Iraq.
She also ponders such questions as what exactly constitutes a "just" war (in her formulation, the Iraq war fails the test) and whether morality or simple self-interest is the better reason for resorting to force.
Beware, she tells us, of "faith-based strife." Her warnings about this echo to some extent what Eric Hoffer wrote over half a century ago in THE TRUE BELIEVER, his wise book about the danger of any and all brands of fanaticism.Read more ›
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Great insight into the culture, politics and religion of the United States and the Middle East. Very easy to read and full of factual detail. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paula Huse
What an amazing and worthy book! This woman's intelligence is astonishing; she also has a great and useful empathy for those whose views differ from her own. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. Trevor Watson
I don't even LIKE Madeline Albright! What am I doing, giving her 5 stars?!
Unfortunately, when your biggest complaint about a book like this is that she fails to count Baha'i... Read more
Never a better eye on our world. Words fail to reach value of these offerings.Published 17 months ago by sara munden
Because I greatly admire madeleine Albright and always will I loved this book. I now wear my pins according to where I am scheduled to go.It helps my attitude. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sally Syrylo
Too much contravention and make-believe for me...the truth would be better.Published on July 6, 2014 by Harry I. Nimon Jr.