Mar 06, 09
Read in March, 2009
Madeleine Albright is a helluva woman. She has such an inherent sense of groundedness. It helps, too, that she is smarter than almost everyone else. In this memoir, Albreight manages to capture her voice and transmit her warmth, humor and sense of political fairness. She admits when she resorts to dirty tricks! This is a fascinating read just to learn about her life--an extraordinary journey in itself, but taken within the historical context of her ascension into politics, it is compelling. She is able to condense intricate political intrique into concise and often humorous stories. Who knew that tempestuous leaders of the world, tyrants and free thinkers, could be so funny and charming? I love her relationship with the late Jessie Helms, and who knew that old bear could be so charming?