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Summary

A national best seller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton's two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time - from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO's intervention in the Balkans to America's troubled relations with Iran and Iraq. In this thoughtful memoir, one of the most admired women in U.S. history reflects on her remarkable personal story, including her upbringing in war-torn Europe and the balancing of career and family responsibilities, and on America's leading role in a changing world.

With a new epilogue by the author, Madam Secretary offers an inimitable blend of Albright's warm humor, probing insights, and distinctive ideas.

©2013 Madeleine Albright (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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My first biography- not disappointed

I loved the book.
Initially I was worried that the book will be long and boring, but the opposite was the true.
Madeline Albright is a clear communicator, her story flows beautifully.

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Czech Mate

Would you try another book written by Madeleine Albright or narrated by Madeleine Albright?

Probably not, I found it a little patronising and the accent a bit irritating.

What three words best describe Madeleine Albright’s voice?

Nasal, screechy, irritating. Sorry Madeleine.

Could you see Madam Secretary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I already watch the TV Show of the same name and that does a great job. Not so sure this could be adapted to make it appealing.

Any additional comments?

Before reading (listening) to the book I had a pre conception that Madeleine Albright would have been more of a trailblazer. I can see she did a lot of good but I didn't think as much of her after the book as I did before which I guess wasn't the point in the book. I liked the Czech back story at the beginning but she just felt like a career political worker rather than the innovator I thought she was. Perhaps she could just have read the foreword and left the book narration to someone with a less grating voice in my opinion. Not as good as Hard Choices even although the raw material has more depth.

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A bit of a struggle

This is a very challenging audiobook to review.
The author is a fascinating individual and writes with great detail about her life and the events she was involved in.

However the real issue with this audiobook is that the author is the last person who should be reading the story. She is not good enough and 24 hours of her voice is a real challenge.

Be careful it is hard to concentrate on and at times soporific.

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Amazing woman

I was reluctant to get this but as I was using a credit and it is so long I thought it would be good value for money!

Turns out Madam Secretary is an amazingly inspirational story full of fascinating background to an incredible career - I strongly recommend this book!

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  • Gøril
  • Oslo, Norway
  • 27-04-15

A personal first-hand account of world events

I enjoyed the combination of the deeply personal and the thorough analysis of the political dilemmas and decisions of the 1990s especially. It gave me the feeling of having been in the room.

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  • Chantal
  • Frisco, TX, United States
  • 14-04-13

Good listen

I had previously seen Madeline Albright speak in person and had found her to be a very engaging public speaker. Given her very interesting personal story and the many paths she's taken, I was very interested to read her memoir. Not having the time though to sit down to give it a proper read, the audiobook has been a good compromise. I don't find her reading to be as engaging as an unscripted public event, but it's decent and still good.

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  • Grace
  • 28-02-14

SUCH an Interesting Life

Secretary Albright writes long books, but then, she's had such an interesting life and has a lot to share. Which she does -- her young life, her juggling of life as a working mother, her progression through several government positions, particularly as a woman in the later half of the 20th century, her experiences with so many in our government and leaders around the world, her observations, involvement, and thoughts on many world events.

Love the audio option because of her narration. She's just great in telling her story with humor and in a straightforward style. Having heard her speak at the Madeleine Albright Institute at Wellesley College, I highly recommend attending her talks, whenever possible.

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  • Alicia
  • 03-07-15

Insightful

Thoroughly good insight into Madeline Albright's tenure as Secretary of State. As a young woman interested in foreign policy, this was great look at both her personal story and her professional career.

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  • J.
  • 13-11-18

Difficult to listen to due to monotone delivery

I was really interested in learning about Ms. Allbright's childhood and subsequent life however I gave up listening, at least so far. It has been too difficult to listen to her gravelly voice with monotone delivery. I listened to another of her books, Fascism, and did not have this problem.

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  • utgirlie
  • 16-05-18

Amazing, Beautiful

What an incredible read! Madeline Albright inspires us all as a woman who did not begin her political career until she was in her 30s with two small children. She was also the first female Secretary of State and came from an immigrant family. I learned a lot from Madeline and feel so inspired for learning more about her journey.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-01-18

i loved it

I loved the book. i found it very interesting and i learned alot ftom it.

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  • Anonymous!
  • 05-08-17

Thoroughly engaging

No one else could narrate this book (not to mention pronounce all those Eastern European names)! Nigh on perfection. Thank you very much, Madam Secretary.

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  • Carol
  • 17-08-18

Avid Reader

I love RBG!! That needs to be on the record. I cannot wait to listen to this book again. Her life is amazing. The story held my interest even while I was in a nautical emergency. Takes a good story to do that.

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