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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Madeleine Albright Narrator: Madeleine Albright Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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? "

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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.