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The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  961 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?

Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published October 2005)
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Cheryl
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power, audio
I picked up this audiobook at the library used book store because I am a big Madeleine Albright fan and I was looking for a new audiobook. I found the subject very fascinating and a good examination of some of the problems facing the world today, even though it is about 10 years old. Many of the issues she discussed in terms of what is happening with Iraq, Al Qaeda, and the surge in "conservative" or "radical" Islam (or those who claim to represent that religion) were quite prescient and I ...more
Mary-Ellen
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Current Affairs
I love Madeleine Albright. In my opinion, she's one of the most amazing people in the modern world. An immigrant, a daughter, a mother, a wife, a professor, an advisor, a diplomat, a writer - she's exactly the type of woman I would like to emulate.

This book is the second I read by M. Albright. The first was her memoir. Another fantastically interesting read! The Mighty & The Almighty, however, is so relevant to the time in which we're living. She recounts history of conflicts that perhaps
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Laura
Once I had a chance to really read this book, I found it almost impossible to put down. Even to eat. Or sleep.

If you've ever wondered about the part religion plays in world affairs, especially as this relates to Islam, this is a book you must read. This woman has been all over the world, has worked in both the Carter and Clinton administrations, and has served as the US Secretary of State. She knows her stuff, and as a college professor, she also knows how to teach.

She covers lots of history
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Rebecca
Jan 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest. I read half of it and skimmed the rest. Any student of politics need not read this book. It will tell you nothing you haven't already learned (or should have learnt) about politics, September 11, US policy in the Middle East etc. To me it seemed that the earlier parts of the book lacked coherence. Albright delves into the religious aspects of politics and statesmanship fairly well, and her brief synopsis of Islam is a credit to her, but I could never really forgive her open ...more
Simon
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colbert
Madeline Albright totally threw me for a loop with this one; not only did she re-establish her relevance, even as a sidelines commentator, in the foreign policy arena, but she also proved that her ideas are still applicable today, though proved may be the wrong word. There's no proof of such a thing, but the insinuation is certainly there, and I immediately believed it.

She's a lot more "wide-scope" than I imagined her to be, a refreshing trait for a statesperson (though shouldn't that be the
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Margaret Kenney
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book shortly after it was published in 2006 and decided to reread it. The information is still relevant, and many of the people and places discussed are still in the news. The commentary is a very insightful and gives a diplomat's view of the role religion plays in our interactions with other nations. It also focuses on the ways that our actions are perceived by other nations and groups within those nations.
Terry Earley
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Although somewhat dated, Albright is a delightful, and thoughtful author.

She points out that religion is central to world politics and culture whether we want it to be or not. Our values should drive our decisions. Including many examples, though from over 10 years ago, it is still an important read today.
Lorna
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
While I didn't agree with everything she believes in this was a good book. It made me realize I have paid more attention than I thought I had to the news since 9/11. It is important to understand the culture and faith of people and countries we are trying to negotiate, cooperate and have relationships with. Some good takeaways and an excellent source of recent history.
Nancy
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book showing the competing policies of our government with the policies of government and religion of the Arab world. Albright digs into background and discusses how the power of the Bush administration hurt the careful, methodical policies, planning and choices of the US.
Kamda
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Madeleine Albright is a true role model. This book was a great explanation of the inpact of religion on politics. If you don’t understand the connection between islam and the way gowerments of countries with the majority of muslims acts, start with reading this book.
Robert Bob
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a nice & polite 2006 view!
Pre-Obama
Pre-Hillary
Jews/ Christians/ Muslims are similarly linked in her essays!
NOTE: Madeleine Albright gave speech in 2004 to YALE Divinity School on religion & American foreign policy!
She's college-professor- level-smart!
Nancy Shaffer
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seeing her at a restaurant recently in NYC, reminded me of this book on my shelf to read. Enlightening, informative, and more importantly taught several misconceptions of terrorism.
Megan (Glitter and Plato)
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I learned a lot from this book...specifically about the United States' relationship with Muslim-predominate countries in the Middle East and Africa prior to 9/11 and how 9/11 changed that.
Jan Kroken
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not a bad book, good overview of modern history in the US relations to other countries. However, it is not deep and does not contain significant amounts of inside information.
K
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two things that are clear from reading this book: Madeleine Albright is extremely likable and also has a finely-honed "BS detector." Wow, was this a terrific and educational read. I feel really grateful for her service to America after reading this and grateful to President Clinton for picking her. Secretary Albright is full of common sense, moderation, and an ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives. Surprisingly, this book did not feel out date even though I read this eight years ...more
N.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Personally, I don't worry much about lies. Lies can be easily dismissed, but "half truths", especially when they are smartly told, can go a long way.

I paused long before rating and reviewing this book. I can't deny that it was a very enjoyable and informative read, written by one of the smartest and most professional diplomats alive. I liked a lot Mrs. Albright's ability of summing up long historical conflicts in a nutshell, along with her rarely matched rhetorical skill in describing the most
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Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Secretary Albright's book is significantly better when she talks about the Mighty than when she tries to describe the role of the Almighty. Many of her chapters have insightful analyses of the current states of various countries around the world. I think Secretary Albright thinks she's adding valuable insight by pointing to religious angles for various conflicts, but when she drops that and stays in her comfort zone of listing major characters and events, she shows an impressive ability to ...more
E
Oct 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics-history
I filled nearly every margin in this book with either seething criticism or cries of "Yes!" Madeleine Albright is a politician and a successful one, which means that however admirable her morals may (sometimes) be, they have often been compromised. Consequently, the book is a terribly interesting exposé of foreign policy behind closed doors.

I was glad to see her apologize for her statement that the thousands of Iraqi children dead because of the sanctions was "worth it." I was glad to see her
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Imad
Jan 05, 2013 added it
I believe that this book to lose a big deal about how the american policy is working and middle east , when it comes to the middle east the relation between our country's in the arab world and other countries such as the united states of america particularly are always measured by religious differences which makes it difficult that some point to look at the common side between us and other countries specially that fanatics always have the loudest voices in the region. Cineworld now there's a lot ...more
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Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?/ Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world. Drawing upon her ...more
Lauren
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
I have a lot of respect for Secretary Albright, but this book did not impress me like I hoped it would. From the audio perspective, I felt her narration was monotonous and unengaging. For such a usually vibrant speaker, I found it hard to pay attention. Her thoughts were well organized and clearly presented, but I think I took them up too late (that is, nine years after publication). None of her ideas struck me as new or even intriguing, and much of what she discussed in later parts of the book ...more
Emi Bevacqua
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Every season I wince watching The Amazing Race, at the team that each season believes so loudly and self-righteously that God is rooting for them to win. Those are the ones I especially wish would read this book for Albright's insightful views on religious tolerance.

It took me literally five years but I'm glad I stuck with it and finally finished. Not only is she brilliant, a former US Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, but Madeleine Albright is uniquely qualified to tout
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Robert Hill
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book helps explain some of the upheavel in the Middle East particularly. I am partial to Madeleine Albright and her views. She takes the time in this book to explain the diplomatic history of the Middle East, as well as, explaining Muslim religious beliefs and the views of Sunni's and Shia sects within Islam. There has been much of the Western democracies policies that have impacted Islam and have tended to marginalize that population. Albright takes the time to explain the ...more
Alice
Jan 08, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is like a primer on Middle Eastern-US relations. It gives a nice but brief history of Islam and Middle Eastern politics. I'm wary thought that it does not warn the reader of the things that it may have left out. Unfortunately I am coming to this book with a very weak background in history, so often I would read a paragraph and immediately forget what I just read. At times it felt like some blunt editing went on in order to be able to hit all of the major points.

Overall I liked the
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Angela
Apr 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a little context for this crazy world we live in
I'm usually not one for non-fiction, but this was a well-written, well-balanced, and incredibly fair book and definitely worth reading. I didn't pay much attention to politics and modern history growing up (and come on, I would've learned it from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh--can you imagine how I would've turned out?), and I skipped most of my political science classes in college, so for me this book was all about gaining the context around which today's events have been shaped.

The bulk of the
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Gabrielle Degelia
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very impressive woman, but not an impressive book. Anyone who has studied or read about religion and politics need not read this. Her thesis is vague and unoriginal (even for 2006). The organization between and within chapters would make any English teacher cringe. A better use of your time would be to read her biography "Madam Secretary."
Heather
May 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Before I started the madness otherwise known as graduate school, I got to hear Madeleine Albright speak about her new book -- and got a free copy. I just started it and am learning about some of the historical background of foreign policy in the US. Have you ever read something someone has written and thought, "I would love to have a conversation with this person?" I have that feeling reading this book.

Finished it. Now want to learn more about Islam and all the countries in the world that are
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Meara Breuker
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some books you need to read at a certain point in your life. It was the right time for me. Although the book is now about 10 years old, I still found the topics discussed as relevant as ever. I'd never really thought about solving world problems at a diplomatic level - from this book I can see it takes endurance and patience as little is accomplished - but I am glad that I now have some grasp of the process. Religion, conflict, and the struggle for basic human rights pervade our societies. There ...more
Tony Williams
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of book, in regards to a non fiction. It gives a very good background on many of the current international issues, and of course the relationship to religion. Obviously points out where missteps were taken, when religion was not paid attention to. You can tell she is extraordinarily bright...much more so than about all the current political candidates. I'd recommend it, if you want to gain some insight into current hot spots/issues. It's also quite interesting to see her ...more
Nancy
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not a religious person, but the subject has always interested me and I appreciate the merits of faith. I really enjoy Albright's perspective and only wish she would have gone more into parts of the world other than the middle east.

This book is about ten years old I believe, so it was interesting to reflect on what has happened since then. She made a lot of predictions then (Mubarak, Iraq, terrorism in Europe) that we are seeing today. In that way it definitely is still timely and I
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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.
“History would be far different
if we did not tend to hear God
most clearly when we think
He is telling us
exactly what it is
we want to hear”
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