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Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright
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Oct 01, 12

Read from June 28 to October 01, 2012



I finished it! This is an interesting book, worth reading, but can definitely be a slog at times. I really liked her comments in the epilogue. On meeting many people and traveling while talking about her book, she says,

"...it has redoubled my sense that whole groups of people--domestically and internationally--have stopped communicating with each other.

"Ironically, the information revolution has not helped. We have much more access to information, but we also have much more choice about what information we want to hear. Being Human, and intellectually lazy, we tend to choose news sources that reinforce rather than challenge what we think. The result is that liberals become more liberal and conservatives more pconservative; radical Muslims are confirmed in their radicalism while anti-Islamic stereotypes are etched more deeply into the psyches of those who know little about Islam. Gleefully, we exchange e-mails with our friends ridiculing the convictions of our foes. We grow more certain that we are right, even as our quest for real knowledge grows narrow. More and more, we make for ourselves a world of 'us' against 'them.' This is deeply destructive."
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