Read My Pins

Read My Pins

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by Madeleine Albright
     
 

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New from New York Times bestselling author and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins is a story and celebration of how one woman’s jewelry collection was used to make diplomatic history. Exploring the use of the pin or brooch as a means of personal and diplomatic expression and featuring a gallery of fascinating photographs,

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New from New York Times bestselling author and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins is a story and celebration of how one woman’s jewelry collection was used to make diplomatic history. Exploring the use of the pin or brooch as a means of personal and diplomatic expression and featuring a gallery of fascinating photographs, this unique, intimate, and revealing biography offers a whole new side of Secretary Albright, one of our most beloved public servants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061938498
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
664,261
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Read My Pins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Oldjools4me More than 1 year ago
Even if you're not a collector of pins or any kind of jewelry, costume or fine, this book is historically and politically interesting and a very good read. It's well written with stories about her family and her early life, as well as her experiences while in office as our Secretary of State. As a collector of brooches myself, I was delighted to find someone else who selects a pin to wear based on what you have planned for the day. Of course, Madame Secretary shares with us her most important events and her choices of jewelry on her most momentous days in office, and the symbolism of the chosen pins is facinating. I wish she had included the brocolli pin story, I'd love to hear her version of it. I purchased one, too, but the book cannot be faulted for this omission! Included are great color photos of her pins with information about the makers and how she obtained each of them, along with photos of her wearing the pin at UN meetings and voting sessions, etc. She also shares information about where she purchased some of her pins, including her favorite place to shop for them. I love the fact that she collects costume jewelry, too, and not only fine jewelry. I am looking forward to seeing the touring exhibit of her collection when it arrives at a museum close to me.
cat101153 More than 1 year ago
As a lover of all things jewelry and of current affairs, this book was perfect for me. I enjoyed reading about Madeleine Albright's career. She is a fascinating person. The photographs are beautifully done for the pins. It is a great book for collectors too. I love this book! I purchased several to give as Christmas gifts.
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It was a nice book. Anyone who likes to collect things would appreciate her appetite for pins.
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MichelleJolie More than 1 year ago
Lots of pictures and wonderful stories. I have many pins myself, but don't think I could tell you the story behind the purchase and wearing of each one, some I could and perhaps should! I was enthralled and anyone who has a love for a fashionable flair to make a personal statement would be captured by Madeline's recollections. I have actually found one of the pins that Madeline has in her collection that I plan to purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this as a gift to my sister-in-law who thought she would enjoy it. She said she loved it.
BernieBW More than 1 year ago
Having to dress for business since 1980, pins were one of the ways I could express myself while dressing conservatively. Not only did they compliment what I wore, it expressed something about me or the event I was attending. But then I began collecting them and receiving them as gifts. When Madeline came along, I found a she was doing the same. What fun to see her collection up close.
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Many-Wonders More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...both the photographs and the text were most interesting. I even bought two additional copies to give as gifts. I think the book would be of special intersest to women who are in management positions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated - photographed collection of Ms. Albright's pins and other jewelry pieces, this book presents a unique way of looking at historical events that she was a part of throughout her life and career. As such it is somewhat autobiographical and gives us a glimpse into her life without being overly sentimental or boastful. I'd definitely recommend it as a gift to another who appreciates treasured jewelry.
mktgyr More than 1 year ago
"Read My Pins" is an excellent book. It depicts what Madam Secretary Madeleine Albright went through and what she dealt with before and while being the first female Secretary of State. There is beautiful illustrations of the pins she wore. Each pin has a story. This book will make you want to get your pins out and start wearing them!!
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While this makes a great coffee table book, one in which people will enjoy the pictures it is NOT worth $40.00! It does have some interesting stories about Ms. Albright's experiences as the Secretary of State. She designs these pins as a political statement to the leaders with whom she comes in contact. EX:Sadam Hussein, someone in his cabinet referred to her as a snake. When she visited Iraq she was wearing a snake pin, this seemed to be the trend for her. We read this book in our reading group, it offered an entertaing discussion but I would not call it stimulating. As previously stated save your money unless you want an ornament for your coffee table.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and well illustrated story about a very interesting person.