Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

by Madeleine Albright


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062265463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 138,514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Madeleine Albright served as America’s sixty-fourth secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.  Her distinguished career also in-cludes positions at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  She is a resident of Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 From Madlenka to Madeleine Albright

1 Heroes and Villains 3

2 Becoming an American 18

3 Best of All Possible Worlds 31

4 Family Values 48

5 Mrs. Albright Goes to Washington 63

6 From Pole to Pole 77

7 'Til Death Do Us Part 94

8 The Velvet Revolution 109

Part 2 Fourteen Suits and a Skirt

9 A Sign Saying Simply "United States" 127

10 New World (Dis)Order 141

11 Frequent Flyer 162

12 Horror in the Balkans 178

13 The Strength of My Own Voice 195

Part 3 Madam Secretary

14 "I Want You to Be My Secretary of State" 217

15 Names on the Synagogue Wall 257

16 Building a Europe Whole and Free 252

17 Migraine Hussein 274

18 Welcome to the Middle East 290

19 "Palestinians and Israelis Coming Together" 308

20 Dueling with Dictators 521

21 As the World Turns 341

Part 4 Waging War, Pursuing Peace

22 A Special Kind of Evil 363

23 "Milosevic Is the Problem" 381

24 Kosovo: Diplomacy and the Threat of Force 396

25 The Alliance Prevails 411

26 Freedom and Order in the Global Era 432

27 Inside the Hermit Kingdom 458

28 The Fruitless Quest 476

29 Had We But World Enough, and Time 501

Epilogue 515

Selected Chronology 522

Official International Travel, 1993-2001 530

Acknowledgments 535

Gratitude 539

Index 545

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Madam Secretary 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I was quite excited to read Albright's book...however, I was bored. She goes into excruciating detail about policy and it reads like a textbook, not a memoir. I was looking for personal insight on her experience, yet she wrote of her own experience like it didn't happen to her, like she was writing about someone else. It's a shame since she was the highest ranking woman in US government in history, and she didn't have much of interest to say.
Kartoffelkopf3 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of the most influential books I have ever read...A great model for any woman who ponders how to juggle life, family and a career.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great memoir by an even greater woman. This is an extremely long book so be prepared, but it is worth it as long as you can make it to the end. I did get bored from time to time (mainly due to the length of the monograph) but I learned so much about who Madeleine Albright was and what it meant to be "madam secretary". If you want to learn more about her, I definitely recommend this. Just be prepared for it to take awhile.
Eamonn12 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Madeleine Albrbright was a star in Clinton administration, though there always seemed to be an urge in the media to 'play her down'. Maybe it was because of her rather dull appearance? She says in this book that one of the reasons her husband gave her for divorcing her was that she had become very 'old-looking'. Certainly she had always a frowning earnestness in her face, and she admits to being, more or less, always like that, even during her days in Kent School in Denver where she founded an 'International Affairs Club' and named herself as its president. There is something very disarming about this admission and about the way she includes a photo of the club members with herself centre stage (as befits a president!). It is an entertaining and enlightening book and for those who feel that the Rwandan genocide is a stain on the UN and, because of its power, the US, Madeleine does not duck the issue. She details the complications, the UN bickering, the dreadful US experience in Somalia as reasons for that failure to act but does not shirk from admitting that she deeply regrets not advocating that the US take effective action which might have saved thousands of lives. 'Many people would have thought I was crazy and we would never have won support from Congress, but I would have been right, and possibly my voice would have been heard' (p.155). Of course it's easy to express sorrow after the event ('History is written backwards but lived forwards', p.154) but throughout her book she comes across as someone who is sincere and her sincerity is apparent here also. It really was a dreadful chapter in our history as humans on this planet and she is fully aware of this and is deeply saddened by it.Then the question of her Jewish ancestry. Very vexed. How could she not have known about it, given her refugee background, her father's flight from Europe, & etc.? She writes that she began to receive letters around the time just before her accession to the post of Secretary of State 'which made me think my parents might have been of Jewish ancestry'. (p.222). The media went to town on the story after her nomination. She writes: 'I was made to feel like a liar and my father, whom I adored, was portrayed as a heartless fraud' (p.235). All I can say is that if she genuinely did not know, then it really was a dreadful time for her and she was treated most unfairly. If she did know, it was also a dreadful time and it was her own business. Certainly it had nothing to do with whether or not she was a good Secretary of State, good for the US and good for the world. Which I think she was.This book is worth reading. It covers a lot of ground, is full of very human insights into the personal life of someone who was at the crossroads of international affairs at a time when some very dark things were happening, and it is written in an easy accessible style, this last quality no doubt due in part her having the collaboration of Bill Woodword.
SCRH on LibraryThing 9 months ago
A facinating and candid memoir of one of the most powerful women in the US government in the 1990's. Whether or not one agrees with her politics, Ms Albright gets high marks for the effort she put forth as Secretary of State during the Presidency of Bill Clinton.Her accounts of personal, national, international, and political events seem to be truthfully told and with good intention.The book is well-documented. Indexed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Terribly dissappointed. I figured she was writing about her experiences. I felt like she was writing about someone elses life. She could address some issues very well, but seemed she was trying to entertain the reader more than anything. That distanced her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must for anyone interested in American foreign affairs. This book will hold your attention. It is an inspiration for women with high aspirations.
LACHINA1 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very inspirational. Learning about the experiences of the first female Secretary of State was motivational particularly in regards to her experiences relating to obstacles she encountered on a professional and personal level. I have a greater respect for the position of Secretary of State. I now understand the multi-dimensional responsibilities required for any person occupying this position, and feel pride that a woman was able to successfully manage such a highly stressful occupation while also filling equally important roles as mother and wife. After reading this book, I am a major supporter of Madeleine Albright and wish her the very best in her present and future endeviours. BEST OF LUCK MADELEINE!
AmandaZann More than 1 year ago
Madeleine Albright provides a wonderful memoir of her life thus far. As the first female United States Secretary of State, her story is inspirational, heartbreaking and revealing. She offers a refreshing look into her life beyond politics. We learn about her family, her early life in Europe, her marriage, divorce and the hardships she faced as a working mother. She speaks candidly about her role in the Clinton administration. She admits to her greatest mistake as Secretary of State. Any political junkie, mother, father, daughter, Czechoslovakian or student out there can gain a lot by reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeline Albright, as revealed in the excellent memoir, is truly an incredible woman and leader. She reveals the many facets of serving as the Secretary of State and we learn that it is no easy task. There is so much going on in world policy that most people aren't aware of, and this book opened a window into that world and how one woman worked to change the world in a positive way. She is right up there with Eleanor Roosevelt in my opinion. This book is a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I think Madame Secretary and Clinton's A Living History were two of the best memoirs I've read. I thought they both did a terrific job of presenting an interesting mix of their personal lives and their government roles and with HUMOR. I thought their descriptions of how the washington bureacracy and international rules of diplomacy work was fascinating and educating. I read the two books back-to-back so it was also fun to see some of the overlap. For those of you that think Madame Secretary read like a textbook, read Thurgood Marshall's autobiography, that was like reading a history book for a class. I didn't know much about Albright before I read her book but I have a tremendous amount of respect for her now. I enjoyed Katharine Graham's autobiography but thought Albright's and Clinton's were better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by this WONDERFUL book. Sec. Albright is one of my biggest role models, she shows that anyone no matter where they come from can rise to be one who influences world affairs. This book depicts that message PERFECTLY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent insight on her foreign policy relations. She deserves high respect. The book is delightful reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look at the subject then read on. Most of the reviews on Madeleine were negative, but personally think the book is really good. Madeleine's memior is was much more candid then Margaret's memiors which more textbook. Both had twins, Madeleine had 2 girls that look the same, Margaret had boy and girl. Madeleine had a divorce and Margaret didn't. I could go on forever, but I stop here. I hope Madeleine comes to my town's book store to sign her book for the customers. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed and I cried. Ms. Albright did a tremendous job with bringing the last 20 years of International Relations to life. Her accounts of the turmoil that was occurring, both here and abroad, were both personal and professional. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires a more thorough understanding of U.S. diplomatic relations without being bored to tears with mere facts. Her personal accounts are both entertaining and insightful. This is a lady to admire for her strengths and commitments to the human race.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! When I bought it and sat down to start reading it I thought it would be fairly boring, but I could not believe how interesting it was and how funny she is. Mrs, Albright is indeed a very good writer as well as a remarkable woman. A great insight to American foriegn policy and what a great secretary of state we had in Mrs. Albright. I highly recommend this book!!