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Madam Secretary: The Biography of Madeleine Albright
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Political veteran Thomas Blood takes us behind the scenes, providing a rare look at Madeleine Albright the role model, the mother, and the tough-as-nails diplomat. Navigating difficult terrain as few can, Blood provides exclusive interviews with, and revealing anecdotes from, politicians and power brokers, longtime friends, adversaries, and colleagues, including former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Senators Leahy, Mikulski, Kerrey, Helms, Reid, and Rockefeller, and House Minority leader Dick Gephardt. With clarity and credibility, this unique biography reveals the dramatic story of the first woman U.S. Secretary of State. Rather than providing a simple chronology, Blood focuses on the defining moments in Madeleine Albright's life, identifying the periods that best open a window on the Secretary of State's uncanny ability to triumph over adversity, her unparalleled success in politics, and her meteoric rise to dominance in the world of foreign policy.
"Focusing on the years Albright taught at Georgetown University through her high-profile tenure as United Nations ambassador, [Blood] gives excellent coverage to such matters as her role in the replacement of U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali and the behind-the-scenes events leading to her cabinet appointment." Library Journal
"By the end of the book one expects Albright to don a costume with a large S on the chest and fly off to save the world. Refusing to mention anything that could be characterized as criticism and recognizing only superior personal qualities is ultimately a disservice to Albright." Kirkus Reviews
Book News Annotation:
Offers a look at the first woman to serve as this country's Secretary of State in her roles as diplomat, role model, and mother, drawing on interviews and anecdotes from friends, adversaries, and colleagues. Includes b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-266) and index.
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