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Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright
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Sep 16, 09

Read in September, 2009

It took a while but I finally finished all 650+ pages.
Madeleine Albright is and admirable person with a very interesting personal and professional story to tell. Clearly written from her own perspective and focusing on her personal role, we get a rare insight into the daily interpersonal contacts that make up "diplomacy" and can play a major role in steering the country's policies, actions and history. What looks like a machine from the outside is just individual people dealing with each other on the inside. You have to like this stuff to get through the heft of this book, but I found most of it interesting and some of it even inspiring. It's particularly interesting to observe today's international issues in light of their history and evolution (or not) from 10 years earlier.
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