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The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, former secretary of state and bestselling author Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of chall ...more
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Published February 5th 2008 by HarperLuxe (first published January 1st 2008)
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Joanna
Read this a few years back (met Madeleine and got an autographed copy) and thought of it today. Excellent overview of world politics and economies, from a woman who has many many years of exposure. I like that she included her opinion as well, in each section of the world. It really is like a world "briefing" country by country. Marvelous.
Nancee Wright
A voice of reason---a model for leadership. Answers the question, "now what?".
Tom Schulte
I got this to read for the last presidential election cycle, but never got around to it. At least I made it for this cycle. I am sure Albright would agree her advice is still good for the upcoming President Elect. I was real excited about the introductory material that Albright came from getting out of meetings between her former foreign minister colleagues: "Madeleine's Exes". I'd like to know more about individually where the different pieces of advice came from. Still, I am sure Albright coul ...more
Sharon
Whoever is elected president would do well to read this book. Madelein Albright, who has the experience to understand the power and workings of the office of the president, lays out some hints and guidelines for the new president. Her suggestions include identifying a style for this presidency, selecting staff, setting goals, and some tips on how to actually get the goals and programs implemented. The second half of the book deals with foreign policy and she points out just how many serious prob ...more
Joann
Sep 24, 2011 Joann marked it as to-read
My father's review:
03/19/08

This is a most important book! Throughout she maintains the style of a memo to the President Elect, whoever he or she may be. She condemns George W. Bush as incompetent and very wrong headed, but she doesn’t let that spill over to the Republican Party, and she makes no hint that a Democrat, or any identifiable candidate, would necessarily be better, or would be preferable for the next term. The author’s credentials and qualifications are better than that of any candida
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Laurie
Madeline Albright has a lot of advice to offer in this book. Advice mostly regarding diplomacy, an area she knows best. However, aside from the personal anecdotes and insights into the intimate lives of politicos, the book is very disappointing, boring even. And this advice? Well, suffice it to say that I could have written this book. Most of what she writes is common sense. In a nutshell: don't pick fights, be politically correct, surround yourself with good, capable people, and don't do anythi ...more
Doreen
Madeleine Albright was U.S. Secretary of State during the Clinton adminstration and during that time she often briefed the President using memos. In the book she covers the area of foreign affairs that she believes will require the attention of the next President; whomever it may be. I found this book a fascinating and easy read. She is an academic and teacher and I felt that I could be a student sitting in on her lectures. Easily understandable and at times quite humourous this book gave me a l ...more
Tiffany
What a great book! A very detailed and thoughtful analysis of ... well ... how messed up the USA has become in the past few years, and how the next president (now, Obama) should go about getting it back on track.

Albright makes the point quite a few times that our reputation is less than admirable nowadays, and that we have a long way to go before others will see us as a moral high-ground or savior again. As she says, "our right to lead is no longer widely accepted. We have lost moral legitimacy
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Tom Schulte
I got this to read for the last presidential election cycle, but never got around to it. At least I made it for this cycle. I am sure Albright would agree her advice is still good for the upcoming President Elect. I was real excited about the introductory material that Albright came from getting out of meetings between her former foreign minister colleagues: "Madeleine's Exes". I'd like to know more about individually where the different pieces of advice came from. Still, I am sure Albright coul ...more
Tom Schulte
I got this to read for the last presidential election cycle, but never got around to it. At least I made it for this cycle. I am sure Albright would agree her advice is still good for the upcoming President Elect. I was real excited about the introductory material that Albright came from getting out of meetings between her former foreign minister colleagues: "Madeleine's Exes". I'd like to know more about individually where the different pieces of advice came from. Still, I am sure Albright coul ...more
Tom Schulte
I got this to read for the last presidential election cycle, but never got around to it. At least I made it for this cycle. I am sure Albright would agree her advice is still good for the upcoming President Elect. I was real excited about the introductory material that Albright came from getting out of meetings between her former foreign minister colleagues: "Madeleine's Exes". I'd like to know more about individually where the different pieces of advice came from. Still, I am sure Albright coul ...more
Justin
Albright, in less than 300 pages, discusses the foreign policy issues confronting the next president. Although she is capable of discussing any of these issues in significant detail she is clear and concise.

In the first part she outlines the tools available to the President, including domestic dissent, development aid, and the military. As she goes through the list of tools, and how she has seen them used or used them herself, I found my self gaining a better understanding of the processes of o
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Laurie

Okay, so this book was pretty awesome. Published before the 2008 presidential election, Madeline Albright (former secretary of state) doles out advice to whoever the next president will be. She touches on the type of people the president should surround him (or her) self with. How to deal with the Middle East. How to make decisions. It's so great to read this AFTER the election because some of things that Albright mentions (the Iran elections) are happening now or have already happened and it's
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The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges that the next commander-in-chief will face and how to return America to its rightful role as a source of inspiration across the globe.

We met Madeleine Albright when she
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Jonathan Beams
A thoughtful analysis of the specific challenges a president faces running an administration and managing US foreign policy in the current moment.

More importantly, an opportunity to bask, for a few hours, in the sparkling company of a spirit of the highest accomplishment. A pragmatic bureaucrat, a buoyant realist, and an inspiration to shed the temptations of cynicism as a burden and a bore.

I'm reminded of a joke I read about mathematician Paul Erdos which applies equally to Madeline:

Q: Imagine
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Tony
Meant to read earlier. Reading now was interesting perspective on how to handle foreign affairs. Well written easy read. Have added to list for reading when current Presidential term ends to see if applies to future Presidents.
Patty
It took me a long time to get through this book. Although the subject is of great importance, Albright just couldn't compete with my usual reads which are mostly fiction. She does know her subject and she reminded me of all the things I don't know about the US and our relations with other countries.

Albright is brilliant and for that reason I am very glad I read this book. I now feel like I have a small inkling of the work ahead of Obama and his team. I am not sure that any other writer could hav
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Kim
I read this because I bought it when Prof. Albright was doing a book signing at Georgetown and it sounded like an interesting concept. Having heard her lecture a few times and gotten several...interesting reviews of her class, I'm not exactly sure how different I expected the book to be. It's a very straightforward presentation of her opinions on what is currently wrong with American foreign policy, with a heavy emphasis on an "I am right about this" tone. I used it more as a way to challenge my ...more
Sparring
"Remember the theme associated with Peter the Great? 'Fear not change; strive that tomorrow be better than today.' This banal instinct for self-improvement is at the root of all human gains. It is banal because it has been translated into everything from the language of Weight Watchers to the pep talks given to Boy Scouts, but in a world held hostage by the cycles of nature, nothing is more revolutionary than the idea that we have it within our power as humans to lift lives in ways that matter, ...more
Margaret
Oh, for the voice of wisdom and experience in international leadership. I wish someone in Washington would listen to the things Madeleine Albright has to say in this book. Maybe a key aide could highlight selections and slip pages to the presidential candidates as they're riding planes across America to primary elections. Albright may not have done everything flawlessly as Secretary of State in the 1990s, but her perspectives on international relations and US strategies to engage with the rest o ...more
Albert
Mme Albright is brilliant, knowledgable, and hilarious to boot. A must-read for anyone who wants to make sense of America's current relationship with the rest of the world (which is not great), with lots of great insights. More than just a critique of what a shambles Bush and his cronies made of our standing in the world, it has plenty of interesting ideas for the president-to-be, whoever he/she ends up in the White House. Now if only more Americans actually GAVE a crap about any of these issues ...more
Sara
In this book Maddy addresses herself to the future president. She goes through what the president can expect to encounter in foreign relations. She does a good job in bashing the current administration in just about everything that has happened. I found the information on different cultures and the history to be really interesting. Its all clearly biased, and she thinks alot of herself. I think alot of her too, so it was fine with me, but it is definitely partisan.
Amy
Albright is informed and thoughtful about international politics. I respect that about her. However, if you are going to read this book you should know that she tries really hard to be fair, but believes in her heart of hearts that She and Clinton were on the right path (even when they failed) and that George Bush has been on the wrong path for much of his presidency. But, considering who she is, can you blame her for feeling this way?
Nicole Marble
The former Secretary of State explains the problems the US has and what needs to be done about them by the next president. Brilliant and clear. (It is beyond sad that we need to be reminded how far we have fallen.)
This is a fascinating guide that all voters should read so they can understand, again, what our government does - and doesn't do - and why. Albrights thoughts and wit are in her own voice, which is equally fascinating.
Emily
Apr 11, 2008 Emily marked it as to-read
I saw Madeline Albright talking about her book on The Colbert Report. She called it a primer for the people, so they'll know the background on the most important foreigh relations issues facing the president-elect in the next few years. Since I'm not really politically-savvy (although living in DC has increased my knowledge MUCH more), I want a book that doesn't expect me to know everything ;)
Moriabyrne
Go to www.affectacuity.wordpress.com read about a live interview with Albright that I attended.

This is an excellent overview of how to modern foreign policy. Albright uses the memoir as a vehicle to discuss her reflections on her work and those of the former presidents since World War II and their approaches to foreign policy. It's comprehensive and insightful. A must-read.
Jennifer
Albright provides a summary of foreign policy issues facing the president-elect with some recommendations. I found the book readable and interesting but very partisan. I'm a progressive liberal with no fondness for George W., but I found her Bush-bashing a bit tiresome. She does provide a useful historical context to many of today's foreign policy challenges.
Elizabeth
I liked this book a lot, but then again I seem to agree with just about everything she writes. It's an easy read and definitely gives some interesting perspectives on current world politics and how the next president might be able to significantly and positively affect the US's global position. I wish Madeleine Albright could run for president!
Allison Carter
What a brilliant woman. Sure, the information might be a little outdated given the year it was authored but really, not by much. Fascinating to read with the gift of time to see what she got right. (PS- know that she has no words to mince regarding her dissatsifaction with the Bush administration and White House.)
Kendall
A comprehensive look at what Madeline Albright thinks the next president should do with the presidency. Good background info, easy to digest and informative, though i don't agree with her on all fronts. She's a smart lady with lots of important friends (of whom there are many stories in this book).
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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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