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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (328 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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The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, former secretary of state and bestselling author Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges that the next commander-in-chief will face and how to return America to its rightful role as a source of inspiration across the globe.

Much more than a set of policy prescriptions, Secretary Albright's writing blends lessons from the past with forward-looking suggestions about how to assemble a first-rate foreign policy team, anticipate the actions of other key countries, make full use of presidential power without repeating the excesses of the Bush administration, and revive America's commitment to its founding ideals.

Albright's advice is candid—as conveyed in a confidential memo—and seasoned with humor and stories from her years in office. Drawing on her extensive experience as an advisor to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions, she provides an insider's analysis of U.S. options in addressing the decisive issues of our era: terrorism, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rivalries in the Middle East, the potential for nuclear war, and headaches created by such troublesome leaders as Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, and North Korea's Kim Jong-il.

The 2008 election promises to be one of the most dramatic in our nation's history. Memo to the President Elect offers indispensable guidance for the next occupant of the White House—and a wealth of insights for voters to think about before deciding who that person will be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this frank, strongly worded open letter to the next president, Madam Secretary summons her considerable experience to voice her dismay at the Bush administration’s misuse of power abroad.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Albright’s professionalism shines through as she does double duty as author and narrator. As simple and straightforward as her reading is, Albright creates a personal atmosphere, given the book's insider material and anecdotes…Audiences will find themselves intrigued and entertained by Albright’s tales and her narration.”   

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Rabusic | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty good book based on years of useful experience. However it dragged on and some parts had a very heavy feel. Recommended to better understand both domestic and global politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/8/2014

    " Albright is informed and thoughtful about international politics. I respect that about her. However, if you are going to read this book you should know that she tries really hard to be fair, but believes in her heart of hearts that She and Clinton were on the right path (even when they failed) and that George Bush has been on the wrong path for much of his presidency. But, considering who she is, can you blame her for feeling this way? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting thoughts; e.g., "The men who wrote the Constitution did remarkably well, consdiering the absence of female guidance." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kendall | 1/23/2014

    " A comprehensive look at what Madeline Albright thinks the next president should do with the presidency. Good background info, easy to digest and informative, though i don't agree with her on all fronts. She's a smart lady with lots of important friends (of whom there are many stories in this book). "

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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.