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Madam Secretary: A Biography of Madeleine Albright

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  27 reviews
No American envoy has ever burst on the diplomatic scene and grabbed center stage in the theater of foreign relations like Madeleine Albright. Navigating difficult terrain as few can, Thomas Blood provides exclusive interviews with, and revealing anecdotes from, politicians, friends, adversaries, and colleagues, including former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Senat ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 15th 1997)
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Christian Engler
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book even got published makes my head smart with incredulity; there is no political objectivity or critical analysis to be found anywhere on the printed pages nor is there any scholarly, in-depth research on the life of our country's first woman Secretary of State. In the author's eyes, if one can call him that, Madeline Albright is the goddess of the State Department, and that's that. This book is astounding in that it is so terrible; it is nothing but shoddy work -- a meande ...more
Elisabeth Ahlefeldt-Laurvig
Fantastic book - well written, a great way to go through several decades of World history seen from the point of view of an intelligent, educated and thoughtful person, with a lot of good old fashioned common sense. The term "service to my country" is used several times - if only we could hear politicians use this term more often - and mean it.
I wish the world had more politicians of Madeleine Albright's caliber. They are few and far between. Reading this book is highly reccomended.
Feb 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even the toughest, smartest person has a history that made her who she is today. And this book sheds some light to it.
I thought this was going to be a regular biography, from birth to present day. Instead it is a biographical sketch, centering on certain events in her life, such as being nominated for Secretary of State. Still, it is interesting and insightful, of course, and illustrated with a number of photographs.
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed it wasn't more of her life and not just focus on her years as Ambassador to United Nations although all interesting. I think she might have made some mistakes in her life but the author appears to adore her and there is minimum hint at any shortcomings. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine Albright is an amazing and successful woman. She deserves better from this author. Fortunately, I've read her own writings which are enjoyable and I recommend. ...more
Helen Connell
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing woman! She has quite a sense of humour. I really enjoyed the telling of her life from a child through to being Madam Secretary.
Gregory Tait
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Good overview of her major accomplishments. But the author is totally in love with his subject. I now what to read her autobiography.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book - very informative. But spent a little too much time and detail on certain political issues, which tending to drag on. I would still recommend it
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing woman. Very interesting and inspiring book.
Beverly Dowdell
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The level of her tenacity and courage to stand up and be counted initially in an environment which prioritized academic qualifications in a male dominated world and to be able to lead tough-minded politicians deserves close scrutiny. How did she do it? Written in the complexity of the pages and political background chatter is her ability to get them (particularly men) to treat her not only with respect but "listening attentively to her every word". "Madeleine was not only first foreign-born Amer ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought of this book as one might feel about medicine--good for you, but not exactly enjoyable. Possibly the longer memoir is more interesting. There were occasional parts that weren't too bad, but on the whole, it seemed to be a series of names of people who had no relation to me or what I have known of recent past history. The comment about the landing of a plane where the pilot had to head in at a 70o descent was interesting--the runway was too short! Nothing is said for pages about Mr. Alb ...more
Jul 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay, i stopped half way through. i was so excited to read this book. it was just so dry and boring. i read biographies for a personal perspective on an exciting life. there were so many BORING history lessons. i understand they were a driving force and needed to be explained to show the influence on her life but...oh my gosh...if i wanted to read a full history on an event i would get a history book.

it was so dry. i feel asleep as soon as i tried. i guess i am disappointed in myself because i
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. This lady is so smart. I really paid attention to the part where she and every person told President Bush not to send ground troops to Iraq but instead hit them with airstrikes from another country. She said if we sent troops on the ground we would never get out of there and we were there for 12 years and over 400o men and women were killed. She was very right because look what has happened, Iraq has gone to the terrorists so what good did we do. None.
I enjoyed discovering the female leader behind the title, understand her childhood, dreams, education and hard work towards personal mastery.
The book reveiles her vision behind the history events we mostly saw on TV. Also there are insights on other political world leaders. There are full details on major world events that she managed in her role, events that marked our modern history. Therefore this is also a good diplomacy book.
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine's life was very interesting, but Blood showed a little bit too much affection for her. There was not a critical word about her in the book. In addition, there was no indication of which sources went with which facts, namely no footnotes. I can't decide if I liked the fact that it was not written in chronological order or not. Overall it was short and to the point, but very one sided. ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and thorough bio of our first Secy of State with much insight into the influences that defined her, as well as understanding what it was like to be a career woman in the 60's and 70's. Author too fixated with Ms. Albright's Jewish heritage, that she supposedly did not know about. ...more
Mar 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely
This was a wodnerful book about a wonderful lady. Madeleine Albright was the first secretary of state. this book gives a detailed account of her work in a predominantly male oriented position. She gets very personal and reveals her thoughts and feelings about being a mother and wife.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just ok. I actually didn't like the fact that it was chronological. I think that made it confusing and not have a flow. I also would have liked more background history. ...more
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a look at one of the most fascinating political figures of our time -- beautifully executed and a great read.
Vikki Neil
One of the more interesting biographies.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The author skips around in Albright's life which is a bit confusing. I would have preferred to have learned more about her early life before she became U.N. ambassador and Secretary of State. ...more
Hollie Mctiernan
Madeline Albright is one of my heroes and this is an excellent account of the events in her life from early childhood in Prague to the the US Secretary of State.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this to be really interesting both as a memoir of an impressive woman and as a look behind the scenes of an administration/current events that I was old enough to remember/be aware of
Kelly Jurgens
funny and fascinating!
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this Madam is one awesome lady!
Heather Katz
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Becky Mentzer
I had to do a presentation on an immigrant who made a difference in our country and chose Madeleine Albright. She had a fascinating life and I was especially drawn to the portion of her really long memoir describing her early life and the years leading up to her role as our first female Secretary of State. However, she was very long-winded and this book was just too much...
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