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Madam Secretary by Madeleine K. Albright
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Mar 11, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

Overall I thought it was a great. The first half of the book or so chronicles Madeleine Albright's life before working in government. This was my favorite aspect of the book. I love learning people's stories. It also inspired me to be more assertive, particularly at work.

The second half focused on events and policies during her tenure as UN ambassador and Secretary of State. It was interesting to learn about many events that I was aware of, but didn't really know what they were about given that most happened before I was interested in politics/world affairs.

The last few chapters are tiring though. It was difficult to hold my attention. The coverage of talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders can be summed up with: first Palestine said they'd do this and Israel would do that. But then one changed its mind, and the other followed suit. Admittedly, I did not read those last chapters as closely as I did the rest of the book.

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