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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 Albrigh Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 US history reflects on her remarkable personal story, including her upbringing in war-torn Europe and the balancing of career and family responsibilities, as well as 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Claudia | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting, inspiring. "

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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, the first woman to hold that position. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, on the National Security Council, and as US ambassador to the United Nations. Since leaving office, she has written several New York Times bestselling books. She is a resident of Washington, DC, and Virginia.