A national best seller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time - from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq. In this thoughtful memoir, one of the most admired women in U.S. history reflects on her remarkable personal story, including her upbringing in war-torn Europe and the balancing of career and family responsibilities, and on America's leading role in a changing world.
With a new epilogue by the author, Madam Secretary offers an inimitable blend of Albright's warm humor, probing insights, and distinctive ideas.
©2013 Madeleine Albright (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Secretary Albright writes long books, but then, she's had such an interesting life and has a lot to share. Which she does -- her young life, her juggling of life as a working mother, her progression through several government positions, particularly as a woman in the later half of the 20th century, her experiences with so many in our government and leaders around the world, her observations, involvement, and thoughts on many world events.
Love the audio option because of her narration. She's just great in telling her story with humor and in a straightforward style. Having heard her speak at the Madeleine Albright Institute at Wellesley College, I highly recommend attending her talks, whenever possible.
"A personal first-hand account of world events"
I enjoyed the combination of the deeply personal and the thorough analysis of the political dilemmas and decisions of the 1990s especially. It gave me the feeling of having been in the room.
I had previously seen Madeline Albright speak in person and had found her to be a very engaging public speaker. Given her very interesting personal story and the many paths she's taken, I was very interested to read her memoir. Not having the time though to sit down to give it a proper read, the audiobook has been a good compromise. I don't find her reading to be as engaging as an unscripted public event, but it's decent and still good.
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