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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine Albright Narrator: Madeleine Albright Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780061172403
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Does America have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists? Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world.

In The Mighty and the Almighty, Madeleine Albright examines the profound impact of religion on America's view of itself, the effect on U.S. policy of the rise of the Christian right, the Bush administration's successes and failures in responding to 9/11, the challenges posed by the war in Iraq, and the importance of understanding Islam. She offers a balanced but, when necessary, devastating analysis of U.S. strategy, and condemns those of all faiths who exploit religious fervor to create divisions or enhance their own power.

In this illuminating account, Albright argues that, to be effective, U.S. policy makers must understand the power and place of religion in motivating others and in coloring how American actions are perceived. Defying the conventional wisdom, she suggests not only that religion and politics are inseparable, but that their partnership, when properly harnessed, can be a force for justice and peace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing look at the intersection of world politics and world religion.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In this ambitious, thoughtful, and wide-ranging treatment, Albright deftly balances the pragmatic need to confront religious-based unrest and the idealistic need to temper one's own personal beliefs in the public realm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Surprising…candid…A book that makes an important contribution to the question of how our foreign policy should adjust to the rise of religion worldwide.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Infused with lively anecdotes and perceptive observations, this is one foreign policy primer we think merits particular attention.”             

    Barnes & Noble. editorial review

  • New York Times Bestselling Author
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/19/2014

    " A good insight into Christianity and how American religion effects its foreign affairs. I really enjoyed Albrights thoughts and found myself agreeing with alot of her arguments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/19/2014

    " So fascinating that I still haven't gotten my copy back from a colleague to whom I loaned it. I think it's making the rounds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 2/9/2014

    " The former Secretary of State makes an interesting point - we in the west need to include an understanding of Islam to bring peace to the world. Albright goes on and on and on - if you can get this book in outline form, you will get the point and save a lot of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/4/2014

    " It was interesting to read her view of the US foreign policy. Especially her views on the Bush administration. Can you tell I'm a democrat? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 1/30/2014

    " It would be a great if she ever ran for president. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon ryan | 1/23/2014

    " An interesting and informed view on the meshing - sometimes dangerously so - of religion and politics and how American politics have lately abandoned the separation of church and state under the Bush administration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter A. van Tilburg | 1/17/2014

    " Very impressive to hear an American politician explain her searching and understanding for other religions and people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/15/2014

    " Great read for any fellow-Albright lovers out there (who long for days gone by...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Simpson | 12/26/2013

    " I was shocked at how much I liked this book! She pieced together how religion has affected politics and the world...very well written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 12/23/2013

    " how hard to balance politics and religion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/10/2013

    " Great read. Discusses some of the tensions that existed during her tenure as Secretary of State. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Randall | 12/7/2013

    " This was a truly good read that offers "food for thought" regarding the role God and the gods play in international history and decisions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 12/4/2013

    " Read this for my Religion & IR seminar. A bit of gratuitous "I told you so" to the Bush administration, but that's hard to resist. She looks at religious motivated conflict, especially in the middle east and emphasizes the need for foreign policy makers to study and factor in religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Byron Wright | 8/30/2013

    " An easy to read book from some one who has been part of foreign policy. It was nice to see someone who thinks that you need to put forth moral policies when preaching morality. The simplistic national interest driven foreign policy model always seems to create problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/10/2013

    " This book will help you understand so much about how we might be able to redirect our country and our world! She should have been president. This should be mandatory reading for high school and college political science classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Riendeau | 6/16/2013

    " A worthy read...don't have to agree, but sure makes a person think about how things 'could be'... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 3/1/2013

    " Madeline Albright is one of my most trusted sources on politics because she has two things that I really admire: experience and a focus on education like you have to read to believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randi | 8/22/2011

    " Madeline Albright's perspective on politics, international relations and religion....too bad she's no longer working for the government! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/18/2011

    " Exactly what you would expect. Nothing new or revolutionary. Much like when reading Clinton's book, I find it amazing how benevolent these politians come off sounding. But, I guess they aren't going to write about all the people's lives they fucked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 6/26/2010

    " Madeleine Albright is a brilliant woman if you believe in her politics or not. Her insight into the separation (or lack thereof) of church and state prove to be spot on in a post Bush administration. "

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

    " very interesting and insightful, don't agree with everything she says, but I have a lot of respect for her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/7/2010

    " A worthy read...don't have to agree, but sure makes a person think about how things 'could be'... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 10/23/2009

    " A good insight into Christianity and how American religion effects its foreign affairs. I really enjoyed Albrights thoughts and found myself agreeing with alot of her arguments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brien | 8/30/2009

    " The woman is a genius! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 2/11/2009

    " uhh. slow going. Book club pick. Not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/5/2008

    " As a political junkie, anything by Ms. Albright is on my "must read" list. This was a great view of the complexity of world affairs as seen through the eyes of someone who has been privy to all the information, that we citizens have not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/14/2008

    " Not as reflective as I would have hoped, but was pleasantly surprised by Albright's humanity (though she was annoyingly self-serving and prudish at times). Not a bad book, but it could have used a little spice. "

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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.