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The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

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Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?

Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a th
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Published March 27th 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published October 12th 2005)
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Jul 22, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I picked up this audiobook at the library used book store because I am a big Madeleine Albright fan and I was looking for a new audiobook. I found the subject very fascinating and a good examination of some of the problems facing the world today, even though it is about 10 years old. Many of the issues she discussed in terms of what is happening with Iraq, Al Qaeda, and the surge in "conservative" or "radical" Islam (or those who claim to represent that religion) were quite prescient and I wonde ...more
Jun 09, 2007 Mary-Ellen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Current Affairs
I love Madeleine Albright. In my opinion, she's one of the most amazing people in the modern world. An immigrant, a daughter, a mother, a wife, a professor, an advisor, a diplomat, a writer - she's exactly the type of woman I would like to emulate.

This book is the second I read by M. Albright. The first was her memoir. Another fantastically interesting read! The Mighty & The Almighty, however, is so relevant to the time in which we're living. She recounts history of conflicts that perhaps s
Dina Nabil
Dec 16, 2015 Dina Nabil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بينما امر على رفوف المكتبة اذ لمحته..ذلك الكتاب السميك بغلاف احمر تتصدره صورة مادلين اولبراييت مبتسمة ابتسامة غامضة نوعا...دفعنى لقراءة الكتاب رغبتى فى معرفة كيف تفكر تلك المرأة التى طالما كرهتها فى صغرى , فمنصب وزير الخارجية الامريكي دائما ما حظى برجال و نساء يمتلؤون بالقوة و غالبا الكراهية من بلادنا العربية...و تتركز ذاكرتى فى مادلين على تنورتها السوداء القصيرة كاشقة على جزء غير قليل من ساقها...و تخيلت ان الكتاب مجرد مذكرات لشاغرة منصب رفيع

لذا كانت مفاجأة عندما وجدت ان موضوع الكتاب عن الدين و
Once I had a chance to really read this book, I found it almost impossible to put down. Even to eat. Or sleep.

If you've ever wondered about the part religion plays in world affairs, especially as this relates to Islam, this is a book you must read. This woman has been all over the world, has worked in both the Carter and Clinton administrations, and has served as the US Secretary of State. She knows her stuff, and as a college professor, she also knows how to teach.

She covers lots of history an
Feb 23, 2009 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest. I read half of it and skimmed the rest. Any student of politics need not read this book. It will tell you nothing you haven't already learned (or should have learnt) about politics, September 11, US policy in the Middle East etc. To me it seemed that the earlier parts of the book lacked coherence. Albright delves into the religious aspects of politics and statesmanship fairly well, and her brief synopsis of Islam is a credit to her, but I could never really forgive her open espou ...more
Jun 12, 2007 Simon rated it really liked it
Shelves: colbert
Madeline Albright totally threw me for a loop with this one; not only did she re-establish her relevance, even as a sidelines commentator, in the foreign policy arena, but she also proved that her ideas are still applicable today, though proved may be the wrong word. There's no proof of such a thing, but the insinuation is certainly there, and I immediately believed it.

She's a lot more "wide-scope" than I imagined her to be, a refreshing trait for a statesperson (though shouldn't that be the nor
Aug 30, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Two things that are clear from reading this book: Madeleine Albright is extremely likable and also has a finely-honed "BS detector." Wow, was this a terrific and educational read. I feel really grateful for her service to America after reading this and grateful to President Clinton for picking her. Secretary Albright is full of common sense, moderation, and an ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives. Surprisingly, this book did not feel out date even though I read this eight years aft ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
I have a lot of respect for Secretary Albright, but this book did not impress me like I hoped it would. From the audio perspective, I felt her narration was monotonous and unengaging. For such a usually vibrant speaker, I found it hard to pay attention. Her thoughts were well organized and clearly presented, but I think I took them up too late (that is, nine years after publication). None of her ideas struck me as new or even intriguing, and much of what she discussed in later parts of the book ...more
Margaret Kenney
Dec 28, 2014 Margaret Kenney rated it really liked it
I read this book shortly after it was published in 2006 and decided to reread it. The information is still relevant, and many of the people and places discussed are still in the news. The commentary is a very insightful and gives a diplomat's view of the role religion plays in our interactions with other nations. It also focuses on the ways that our actions are perceived by other nations and groups within those nations.
May 26, 2015 N. rated it really liked it
Personally, I don't worry much about lies. Lies can be easily dismissed, but "half truths", especially when they are smartly told, can go a long way.

I paused long before rating and reviewing this book. I can't deny that it was a very enjoyable and informative read, written by one of the smartest and most professional diplomats alive. I liked a lot Mrs. Albright's ability of summing up long historical conflicts in a nutshell, along with her rarely matched rhetorical skill in describing the most c
Feb 14, 2014 Imad added it
I believe that this book to lose a big deal about how the american policy is working and middle east , when it comes to the middle east the relation between our country's in the arab world and other countries such as the united states of america particularly are always measured by religious differences which makes it difficult that some point to look at the common side between us and other countries specially that fanatics always have the loudest voices in the region. Cineworld now there's a lot ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was ok
Secretary Albright's book is significantly better when she talks about the Mighty than when she tries to describe the role of the Almighty. Many of her chapters have insightful analyses of the current states of various countries around the world. I think Secretary Albright thinks she's adding valuable insight by pointing to religious angles for various conflicts, but when she drops that and stays in her comfort zone of listing major characters and events, she shows an impressive ability to synth ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Alice rated it liked it
This book is like a primer on Middle Eastern-US relations. It gives a nice but brief history of Islam and Middle Eastern politics. I'm wary thought that it does not warn the reader of the things that it may have left out. Unfortunately I am coming to this book with a very weak background in history, so often I would read a paragraph and immediately forget what I just read. At times it felt like some blunt editing went on in order to be able to hit all of the major points.

Overall I liked the boo
Emi Bevacqua
Mar 05, 2013 Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, mideast
Every season I wince watching The Amazing Race, at the team that each season believes so loudly and self-righteously that God is rooting for them to win. Those are the ones I especially wish would read this book for Albright's insightful views on religious tolerance.

It took me literally five years but I'm glad I stuck with it and finally finished. Not only is she brilliant, a former US Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, but Madeleine Albright is uniquely qualified to tout
Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?/ Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world. Drawing upon her exp ...more
Jan 27, 2008 E rated it liked it
Shelves: politics-history
I filled nearly every margin in this book with either seething criticism or cries of "Yes!" Madeleine Albright is a politician and a successful one, which means that however admirable her morals may (sometimes) be, they have often been compromised. Consequently, the book is a terribly interesting exposé of foreign policy behind closed doors.

I was glad to see her apologize for her statement that the thousands of Iraqi children dead because of the sanctions was "worth it." I was glad to see her ha
Jan 26, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it
This was a good lesson in how religion plays into world politics and specifically how Christianity and Islam are shaping the political stage right now. I will say this book was interesting, but overall there is not a lot I can do about this subject so I wasn't eating it up ready to implement her advice into my life. I enjoyed most her closing thoughts that included her own beliefs with which I strongly related. And honestly, I probably would have been better off reading her memoir of her life th ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to be really interested in the topic to stay engaged in this book. If you have only a cursory interest, this book will be a good place to start because it's an easy read but also very easy to put down. Reading it in 2014, it definitely feels a little dated, but still relevant. I could see it working as an undergraduate textbook.
Feb 23, 2015 Kelley rated it really liked it
Insightful, clear prose from a very sharp lady. It was interesting to read Albright's commentary about Iraq a couple of years beyond the invasion, but with the knowledge gained from nearly another decade of war in the Middle East (the book was published in 2008). Her sections on Islam were interesting and tidily written, but never oversimplified.
May 08, 2007 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a little context for this crazy world we live in
I'm usually not one for non-fiction, but this was a well-written, well-balanced, and incredibly fair book and definitely worth reading. I didn't pay much attention to politics and modern history growing up (and come on, I would've learned it from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh--can you imagine how I would've turned out?), and I skipped most of my political science classes in college, so for me this book was all about gaining the context around which today's events have been shaped.

The bulk of the bo
حقيقة كتاب ممتع بقوة، ويقدم رئيسة الوزراء بواجهة واقعية مقنعة، ومالفت نظري انها تربت على النصرانية واكتشفت أنها يهودية الدين من المنبت، وبرغم كل الوقائع التي روتها في الكتاب، إلا انها لم تتجاوز الحاجز الامريكي، ولم تتغلغل في تحليل كل الوقائع فماخفي كان أكبر.
Aug 17, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Before I started the madness otherwise known as graduate school, I got to hear Madeleine Albright speak about her new book -- and got a free copy. I just started it and am learning about some of the historical background of foreign policy in the US. Have you ever read something someone has written and thought, "I would love to have a conversation with this person?" I have that feeling reading this book.

Finished it. Now want to learn more about Islam and all the countries in the world that are no
Feb 12, 2015 Janice rated it it was ok
Surprisingly, I found Ms. Albright's writing very readable. The subject matter: diplomacy, world affairs and religion, specifically Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, is well organized, and informative. I appreciated her Islamic tutorial. I found it helpful. I also enjoyed Ms. Albright's thoughts as to how former president George W Bush's initial responses to 9/11 were positive and appropriate, but then quickly nose dived to negative and inappropriate. The United States and the world continue to ...more
Sep 15, 2007 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyway, The Might and the Almighty is a very interesting exploration of the way faith and religion influence political motives and choices in various countries and contexts. Albright has the unique perspective of being able to tell stories about how she approached certain world leaders and international issues with a respect for the influence of faith. Also, Albright has the luxury of dropping brilliant quotes from Bill Clinton (who also wrote the introduction) all over the place. It’s a good re ...more
Mab Ryan
Half way through, just not interested enough to continue. Rehash of autobiography, which was good, but there's so much for me to read, I don't want to continue with this.
Tony Williams
Mar 19, 2016 Tony Williams rated it really liked it
This is my kind of book, in regards to a non fiction. It gives a very good background on many of the current international issues, and of course the relationship to religion. Obviously points out where missteps were taken, when religion was not paid attention to. You can tell she is extraordinarily bright...much more so than about all the current political candidates. I'd recommend it, if you want to gain some insight into current hot spots/issues. It's also quite interesting to see her foresigh ...more
Jun 11, 2007 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, bookclub
Full disclosure. I love Madeleine Albright. She is a hero to me--brilliant, tough, and a successful Secretary of State. It makes me love Bill Clinton more for choosing her to represent America to the world. The Mighty and the Almighty was not the most fascinating memoir I've ever read (sorry Maddy!). But its strengths far outweigh its weaknesses. Albright talks about the Clinton administration's decision-making processes (which she speculates are far, far different from those of the current admi ...more
Meara Breuker
Feb 25, 2014 Meara Breuker rated it really liked it
Some books you need to read at a certain point in your life. It was the right time for me. Although the book is now about 10 years old, I still found the topics discussed as relevant as ever. I'd never really thought about solving world problems at a diplomatic level - from this book I can see it takes endurance and patience as little is accomplished - but I am glad that I now have some grasp of the process. Religion, conflict, and the struggle for basic human rights pervade our societies. There ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Vicki marked it as not-read-book-club
Shelves: book-club-k2
Didn't get a chance to read this one but wanted to document it as read by the book club.
David Norris
Feb 16, 2015 David Norris rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful. Every one interested in politics should read this.
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Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996 and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate 99-0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.
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