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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,013 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine Albright Narrator: Madeleine Albright Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062277367
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A national bestseller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time—from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq. In this thoughtful memoir, one of the most admired women in U.S. history reflects on her remarkable personal story, including her upbringing in war-torn Europe and the balancing of career and family responsibilities, and on America's leading role in a changing world.

With a new epilogue by the author, Madam Secretary offers an inimitable blend of Albright's warm humor, probing insights, and distinctive ideas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Madeleine Albright’s memoir is unlike that of any other Secretary of State. It captures the tension between insecurity and ambition.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Madeleine Albright has written a different kind of memoir...It’s Albright unplugged.”

    USA Today

  • “The fascinating story of a remarkable person who has served her country well.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “One of the most diverting political bios in recent memory.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[Albright’s] portraits of foreign leaders are lively and evocative...The result is a book that creates a sense of policy made by real people.”

    New Yorker

  • “As one might expect from someone with Albright’s resume, the former Secretary of State speaks clearly, makes her points succinctly, and doesn’t stray into speculation, fancy, or whimsy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Albright narrates her book in a strong, clear, and convincing voice.” 

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Durkee-erwin | 2/19/2014

    " Madeleine Albright is a heroine and a rolemodel. This is a story of taking lemons and making lemoade all the way to the Secretary of State! Bravo and thank you for sharing this wonderful story in such an endearing way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/18/2014

    " Wow - its amazing to glimpse into her world. Absolutely recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 2/14/2014

    " I learned that M. Albright didn't find her vocation (didn't have a government job) until she was 37. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting, inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Landry | 1/27/2014

    " I am always sad when I get to the end of good books, and I felt a huge feeling of sadness when I reached the last page of Madeleine Albright's memoir. In the course of a few hundred pages, I had gotten to the point where I felt of "Maddy" as a friend. Not only does she provide excellent insight into foreign policy and the state of the world during her time in office, her personal story of becoming an American citizen, building a life with a husband and children that then ended in divorce, and picking up the pieces to pursue her own dreams leading to her becoming the first female Secretary of State is quite inspiring and one of the many reasons why Madeleine Albright has been and continues to be one of my personal heroes. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for insight into how the Clinton administration approached the world, especially in the second term. By far one of the most inspiring and informative books I've had the pleasure of reading this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cc | 1/24/2014

    " This is an interesting read especially if you followed foreign policy of the Clinton era. It also told a good story of Madeline's education, background and rise into ranks of a top foreign policy expert. Lots of time was devoted to the Middle East negotiations but got a bit boring especially when I knew how they all fell apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Havala | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting look at her history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/18/2014

    " I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it. A fascinating life and she really has a great perspective on things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 12/31/2013

    " On the long side, however worth the read. The first half of the book is about her personal story, the second half about her time as secretary of state, with discussions and descriptions by region of the world. A fabulous portrayal of what it means to be as successful woman in a "man's world". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/26/2013

    " Great book which shows how a bright and capable woman can, through hard work, succeed in the world of diplomacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 12/9/2013

    " Brilliant insight into the life and work of United States' first female Secretary of State. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Robbins | 12/7/2013

    " This is one of the best biographies I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breezy | 11/22/2013

    " Love(d) it so far, but left it at home this deployment...I keep requesting a Kindle version, so keep your fingers crossed...otherwise, I won't get to pick up this book again (let alone finish it) til October! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geralyn | 11/5/2013

    " She is an incredible human being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 11/2/2013

    " What a fascinating life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/17/2013

    " This is a great memoir of her days as Secretary of State, serving under President Clinton. She is a wonderful writer and is honest about so many personal issues too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anni | 9/4/2013

    " A tough woman who still maintained a family. An inspiring book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 8/22/2013

    " great political historic info as well as personal info of a very strong willed women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaildb | 7/28/2013

    " Forcefully written and read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/25/2013

    " Madam Secretary: A Memoir by Madeleine Albright (2003) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 6/12/2013

    " loved this book. Great writing. Great narratives of her days as Secretary of State. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 5/21/2013

    " Such an inspiring person. I love her chutzpah, her wisdom, and the way that she manages to do everything at once. May I be half as good as she is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maralee | 5/6/2013

    " I'm not usually one for a biography, but she has had an amazing, interesting life and she is funny and bright in her writing. Plus, she kicks ass all over her male colleagues... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clair | 5/2/2013

    " Great book about a strong woman in politics. She was the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Fortenberry | 4/24/2013

    " Due to the nightmare of the past 8 years, I went back and read this (since I couldn't have cared less the first time I saw it). What a brilliant lady and insightful book. It makes you long for the Age of Diplomacy by and for Adults that we enjoyed ten years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 3/19/2013

    " This is a good autobiography about a contemporary woman, mother, diplomat and immigrant! Immigrants do enhance the American Stew in every generation! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luckngrace | 2/23/2013

    " Slogging through page after page of minutae was no fun. Only a family member could get through this without wondering, "Where was her editor?" "

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About the Author
Author Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.