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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 Albright Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780061579653
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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 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 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 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 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). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Wells | 1/23/2014

    " Tedious. Informative. But tedious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/20/2014

    " This book was such a great read. I really enjoyed Albright's writing style - eloquent, yet easy to understand. I learned so much about US foreign policy and just how the State dept operates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " She seems to me to be spot on regarding the state of America's reputation in the Middle Eastern region. It is quite low and desperately needs mending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/19/2014

    " love madeleome albright! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/8/2014

    " A lesson in management as well as government bureaucracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaleena Menke | 12/30/2013

    " Surprisingly easy read for non-fiction. I wish I had read it before the election, but it was still highly relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 9/17/2013

    " Great. Especially for someone like me who knows nothing about world politics:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 7/14/2013

    " An excellent "memo" on many subjects where the next President can improve specific situations and world opinions of the US. Our book club will read it in Sept, heading into the election. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 7/5/2013

    " Smart woman. Book preachy in tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 5/14/2013

    " Dense for those who have little sense of government and politics. Makes you appreciate how complex our government is and how difficult the job of president is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Elliot | 4/12/2013

    " It's a good read, with some good insight, but a bit wordy. I'd probably get fired if my memos were this long :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/19/2013

    " Fascinating to listen to. I learned quite a bit about our foreign policy. Really think everyone should read it/listen to it before they vote "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 12/24/2012

    " very timely and insightful... a slower read (need to think about each idea), but learning so much... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 3/20/2012

    " A good refresher on government and the current geopolitical situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 1/10/2012

    " I found this very informative on current events. and she provides the info necessary to understand international and political news that most of us don't have a context for. And since it is election year it is interesting to listen to the candiates and see how their ideas compares to M. Albright. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 12/29/2011

    " i actually only made it about halfway through this book and felt like that was good enough. is that a sign? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/18/2010

    " I could see this brilliant diplomat playing a role in the Obama administration. I am sure he is listening.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancee Wright | 9/8/2010

    " A voice of reason---a model for leadership. Answers the question, "now what?". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JJ W | 8/12/2010

    " except for her justification of the sanctions against iraq, i agree with most of what albright writes. she's right to want to restore american prestige and soft power in the world. a quick, entertaining read, but could have used more juicy details. she doesn't hold back in criticizing prez bush "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 5/21/2010

    " I LOVE Madeline Albright! This was a great book, I learned so much about diplomacy and how leaders should navigate foreign affairs. Her straight-forward prose and interesting anecdotes made for an entertaining, yet educational read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/12/2009

    " This woman is incredible; her writing is witty and oh, so relevant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/1/2009

    " or trying to read...was a book club selection...we read all sorts of different books... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/3/2008

    " I got bored after the fourth out of 8 cds, so I switched to Blink! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Pre | 1/8/2008

    " I love Mrs. Albright's down-to-earth style, as well as her sense of humor. "

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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.