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Long book Still I appreciated 3 things 1st is personal never stop learning No matter how tired, how busy or how bored you might be, train your mind 2nd is related to the way she wrote the book The first 300 pages are quite easy to read because she outlines her personal life from the moment she was born until her divorce From there on she concentrates on explaining the international context and the way she handled the different situations as a State Secretary 3rd comes from the 2nd point So many names, so many contexts I never got to really understand them until this book I know the story is told from her perspective Still for someone who is not initiated in international politics, it gives pretty good insight. Behind my grandparents, my 1 hero in the world This book is so good If she had been born in the US, I would give up everything to help her be the president But part of what makes her so amazing is her Eastern European lineage, her family s escape, her passion for that part of the world and the work she did in that area on behalf of the UN and the State Dept some of which is detailed in this book Her work in Africa was amazing I cried as I read her accounts of the genocide in the Balkans and all that she, the UN and the State Dept did and didn t do to resolve this monstrosity She discussed how she does business and I liked her approach Be generous with people, use humor, be strong and don t let people walk all over you Invite people into your home and into your world food always helpspeople don t care if you re not a gourmet Don t always need to be the smartest person in the room Ask for help and be thankful Be loyal to those who deserve it I could go on and onI won t. Now after reading this I know things about Mogadishu And Kosovo Did you know we fought a war there, you guys Seriously I learned a lot, and while I m not necessarily on board with how the U.S throws its weight around in the world, I feel like I have a much better understanding of why and how that happens after reading this book.And there are some funny jokes I like her sense of humor. I enjoyed Albright s autobiography, Prague Winter, so much, I decided to read this earlier biography which focuses almost entirely on her years as Ambassador to the UN and then Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton The book spends a few short chapters on her life before she assumed these two positions fleeing Czechoslovakia for England with her parents just ahead of the Nazis in 1937, returning to Czechoslovakia after the war only to flee from the Russians to the US with her family when she was a teen, college years at Wellesley, her marriage to journalist Joe Albright , her years as a wife and mother of three daughters, graduate school at Columbia and early career in academia at Georgetown A side story of her appointment and confirmation as Secretary of State also goes into detail about the revelation, originally uncovered by the Washington Post, that three of her grandparents and several other relatives died in the Holocaust, a fact she did not know because her parents hid their Jewish identity from her But most of the book explores, in rather generous detail, many of complexities of international relations with lots of space devoted to some of the troubled spots with which she dealt during her term as Secretary of State Rwanda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Somalia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, and, over and over again, the Middle East, especially Israel and Palestine Part of the challenge she faced was in the fall out from the breakup of the Soviet Union and the subsequent domino effect that had in Russia itself and among the so called Eastern Bloc countries as well as other Communist countries like Cuba, China and North Korea which had depended on Soviet support In the book, which was first published in 2006, she also discusses the ways in which 9 11,which happened just after she left office, changed the picture I liked the book I am sure anyone who is interested in global politics would find it intriguing It was also very interesting to learn about some of the particular challenges she faced as the first woman Secretary of State, not the least of which was finding herself often as the only woman in the room during negotiations And did I mention it was exhausting, reading about the ninety six separate official trips she took either as UN Ambassador or Secretary of State, many of them with stops in four or five countries wore me out, not to mention the times she was responsible for hosting talks in the US between particularly aggrieved parties And then there is the very human side of people we know about mostly in the news the image of Yasser Arafat playing hide and seek with her grandkids at her farm near Washington will probably stick with me forever. This was a very interesting autobiography of the first woman Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia During World War II her family fled to London Then when communism took over their country, her family came to the United States It really shouldn t have been a surprise that Albright got involved with foreign policy since her father was an ambassador before the war.Albright did a lot as Secretary of State She had to deal with Israel and the PLO, North Korea, Saddam Hussein, Kosovo, etc It s hard to believe that she held that post for only four years.I enjoyed reading about what happened behind the closed doors and about the human side of all the political characters around the globe.I had a lot of respect for Madeleine Albright when she was in office and I still hold her in high regards after reading this memoir. I found Albright s memoir an extremely well written and informative book about her time as US Ambassador to the UN and Secretary of State in the 1990 s The memoir also touches on her personal life and addresses some of the challenges of being the only woman or one of the very few in the highest levels of government The first half of the book sheds light on her personal life and her slow rise to prominence She states that her rise to become the first female Secretary of State is an unlikely one and, even now, hard for her to believe Having fled her native Czechoslovakia twice once from the Nazis, a second time from the Soviets, her parents finally settled in the US with their children Albright speaks about her life as an immigrant to the United States, her school years, receiving her US citizenship, getting married, and raising a family She addresses the challenges of being a woman who had to juggle family time with furthering her career ambitions The second half of the book is dedicated to talking about the trouble spots around the world with which she had to deal as UN Ambassador and as Secretary of State She goes into detail about some of the negotiations she and the rest of the Clinton administration moderated, and some of her meetings with statesmen around the world Her writing style is down to earth, and her intelligence, professionalism and witty sense of humor shine through I would highly recommend this book to those interested in the inner workings of global politics and those who enjoy reading books by or about great role models for women. She s a bright woman, but a little single minded in her relentless support of american style democracy as a one size fits all solution While conspicuously self deprecating at times, her pride overwhelms any and all second guessing She was right, everybody else was wrong.The North Korea chapter was a treat The Israel Palestine negotiations section maddening. Detailed, Informative, Fascinating Inspiring I Enjoyed It {Free Epub} ⚺ Madam Secretary: A Memoir ⚷ In This Outspoken And Much Praised Memoir, The Highest Ranking Woman In American History Shares Her Remarkable Story And Provides An Insider S View Of World Affairs During A Period Of Unprecedented Turbulence A National Bestseller On Its First Publication In , Madam Secretary Combines Warm Humor With Profound Insights And Personal Testament With Fascinating Additions To The Historical Record The former Secretary s account of her life is truly inspiring Focusing mostly on her work as Ambassador to the United Nations and her role as the first female Secretary of State, the book takes the reader through the incredibly labor intensive and often tedious work of the United States chief diplomat Albright s dedicated effort toward learning languages, hosting forums for intellectual discussion, and flat out spunk are extremely fun to read along She made me laugh several times with some of her one liners to strongman type leaders that thought they could bully her along the way.