Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Bill Clinton's secretary of state dispenses advice both geostrategic ('The first rule for intervening in a civil war is don't') and mundane ('Leave time for exercise') in this engaging foreign policy primer for the next White House occupant. Much of her wry wisdom concerns the muddled nuts-and-bolts of policy making, covering such topics as the indecipherability of satellite photos, the near-impossibility of getting the Washington bureaucracy to follow through on presidential initiatives and the importance of sounding out dissenters. The book provides briefings on world regions and hot spots that will likely preoccupy the next administration, with recommendations that are sometimes specific lift the embargo on Cuba, Albright suggests but usually noncommittal. ('There are no good options in Iraq,' the author opines, though she foresees a split into three autonomous regions as the most stable way to proceed.) Between the lines, she articulates a Clintonian approach to the world moderate and solicitous of allies and world opinion, wary of force but willing to use it. She's anything but diplomatic on the subject of President Bush's foreign policy, especially the invasion of Iraq. Savvy and tart, Albright's is an unusually interesting presentation of centrist thought." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If [Albright's] prose isn't exciting, it makes sense and is reasonably presented something so removed from today's electoral zeitgeist that it seems almost unique. Chicago Tribune
"In a quiet, reasonable, and witty way, the former secretary of state explores the foreign-policy decisions that the next president, whomever he is, must face after the balloons and balls are ended." Boston Globe
Former Secretary of State Albright offers a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions.
About the Author
Madeleine Albright served as U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Madam Secretary and The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs. She is the founder of the Albright Group LLC and Albright Capital Management LLC, chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and the Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.