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The second half of the book deals with foreign policy and she points out just how many serious problems are out there. Not only is this a dangerous world with many, many serious problems, but the US foreign policy over the past eight years has made many situations much more dangerous and weakened many of our strengths. Unlike many Democrats, she doesn't really rail against the Bush policies, but quietly details what has happened, what the situation is now and what issues the new president will face. Perhaps it is her measured approach that makes this just so darned scary.
In the height of presidential election season, where measured discourse and reason seem to have a very limited role, Albright's outline of what this job really entails is sobering. Sep 22, Laurie rated it liked it.
Madeline Albright has a lot of advice to offer in this book. Advice mostly regarding diplomacy, an area she knows best. However, aside from the personal anecdotes and insights into the intimate lives of politicos, the book is very disappointing, boring even. And this advice? Well, suffice it to say that I could have written this book. Most of what she writes is common sense. In a nutshell: don't pick fights, be politically correct, surround yourself with good, capable people, and don't do anythi Madeline Albright has a lot of advice to offer in this book. In a nutshell: don't pick fights, be politically correct, surround yourself with good, capable people, and don't do anything Bush did that's Junior.
Even though she makes apologies for the Bush slamming to come in her preface, it still detracts from the validity of her opinions. So no one really likes Bush or many of his decisions, but the book is supposed to bring promise to new candidates, not continually reference what not to do, or who not to emulate.
For God's sake, hasn't the last eight years taught every American what not to do? All in all, it was stale and dry and contained so much of what I like to call the "Duh Factor" that its or so very long pages left me feeling as though I knew little more than I knew when I opened the book for the first time. Except, of course, in learning how to stay awake while reading a very boring book on a quiet rocking commuter train. Madeleine Albright was U. Secretary of State during the Clinton adminstration and during that time she often briefed the President using memos.
In the book she covers the area of foreign affairs that she believes will require the attention of the next President; whomever it may be. I found this book a fascinating and easy read. She is an academic and teacher and I felt that I could be a student sitting in on her lectures. Easily understandable and at times quite humourous this book gave me a l Madeleine Albright was U.
Easily understandable and at times quite humourous this book gave me a lot to think about in terms of the history of the States. She includes chapters specific to Europe, Asia, Mexico and Central America and other world hot spots. I felt I was getting a primer in world politics and it wasn't even painful. Although the focus is not necessarily George Bush there are references to that administration and it's record.
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What a great book! A very detailed and thoughtful analysis of Albright makes the point quite a few times that our reputation is less than admirable nowadays, and that we have a long way to go before others will see us as a moral high-ground or savior again. As she says, "our right to lead is no longer widely accepted. We have lost moral legitimacy What a great book! We have lost moral legitimacy" She also warns the president-elect that, "[g:]iven the events of the past eight years, we can hardly dictate to others what they should think, feel, and fear" This is a really wonderful book. Very well-written nod to Albright and Woodward and fun to read, plus extremely insightful and thought-provoking quite unlike the American executive branch of Jan 11, Justin rated it it was amazing.
Albright, in less than pages, discusses the foreign policy issues confronting the next president. Although she is capable of discussing any of these issues in significant detail she is clear and concise. In the first part she outlines the tools available to the President, including domestic dissent, development aid, and the military.
As she goes through the list of tools, and how she has seen them used or used them herself, I found my self gaining a better understanding of the processes of o Albright, in less than pages, discusses the foreign policy issues confronting the next president. As she goes through the list of tools, and how she has seen them used or used them herself, I found my self gaining a better understanding of the processes of our government.
After she has described many different tolls she takes us on a tour of the world. In each section she lays out the challenges the president will face and a few options. Rather than harping on the miss steps of the current leadership she points a way forward through a complex and dangerous world. May 17, Jonathan Beams rated it it was amazing.
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A: Easy! They'd be exactly like Checkoslovakians! Dec 17, AuthorsOnTourLive! In Memo to the President Elect , 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. We met Madeleine Albright when she 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.
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Published before the presidential election, Madeline Albright former secretary of state doles out advice to whoever the next president will be. She touches on the type of people the president should surround him or her self with. How to deal with the Middle East. How to make decisions. It's so great to read this AFTER the election because some of things that Albright mentions the Iran elections are happening now or have already happened and it's Okay, so this book was pretty awesome.
It's so great to read this AFTER the election because some of things that Albright mentions the Iran elections are happening now or have already happened and it's interesting to see how Obama is responding and if it's in a way that Albright would approve of. I especially loved when Albright writes that the next president might be asked to speak at a college graduation ceremony only to have people protest. Uh, Albright, are you psychic?
Jun 27, Kim rated it it was ok. I read this because I bought it when Prof. Albright was doing a book signing at Georgetown and it sounded like an interesting concept. Having heard her lecture a few times and gotten several It's a very straightforward presentation of her opinions on what is currently wrong with American foreign policy, with a heavy emphasis on an "I am right about this" tone.
I used it more as a way to challenge my I read this because I bought it when Prof. I used it more as a way to challenge my own thinking than as an end-all be-all on current issues. She makes good points and it is interesting, but I just couldn't get into it enough to read more than a chapter at a time. Nov 09, Patty rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , politics , women-writers , history , , current-affairs , international-relations.
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Although the subject is of great importance, Albright just couldn't compete with my usual reads which are mostly fiction. She does know her subject and she reminded me of all the things I don't know about the US and our relations with other countries. Albright is brilliant and for that reason I am very glad I read this book. I now feel like I have a small inkling of the work ahead of Obama and his team.
I am not sure that any other writer could hav It took me a long time to get through this book. I am not sure that any other writer could have been so concise and informative. I am not running out to get Albright's earlier works, but I will be interested to see what she writes about our international relations in the future. Apr 17, Sparring rated it really liked it Shelves: biographies.
It is banal because it has been translated into everything from the language of Weight Watchers to the pep talks given to Boy Scouts, but in a world held hostage by the cycles of nature, nothing is more revolutionary than the idea that we have it within our power as humans to lift lives in ways that matter, "Remember the theme associated with Peter the Great? It is banal because it has been translated into everything from the language of Weight Watchers to the pep talks given to Boy Scouts, but in a world held hostage by the cycles of nature, nothing is more revolutionary than the idea that we have it within our power as humans to lift lives in ways that matter, that our power to choose has meaning.
Jan 21, Margaret rated it really liked it. Oh, for the voice of wisdom and experience in international leadership. I wish someone in Washington would listen to the things Madeleine Albright has to say in this book. Maybe a key aide could highlight selections and slip pages to the presidential candidates as they're riding planes across America to primary elections. Albright may not have done everything flawlessly as Secretary of State in the s, but her perspectives on international relations and US strategies to engage with the rest o Oh, for the voice of wisdom and experience in international leadership.
Albright may not have done everything flawlessly as Secretary of State in the s, but her perspectives on international relations and US strategies to engage with the rest of the world are unique and valuable. Mme Albright is brilliant, knowledgable, and hilarious to boot. A must-read for anyone who wants to make sense of America's current relationship with the rest of the world which is not great , with lots of great insights. Now if only more Americans actually GAVE a crap about any of these issues Mme Albright is brilliant, knowledgable, and hilarious to boot.
Mar 05, Sara rated it really liked it. In this book Maddy addresses herself to the future president.
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She goes through what the president can expect to encounter in foreign relations. She does a good job in bashing the current administration in just about everything that has happened. I found the information on different cultures and the history to be really interesting. Its all clearly biased, and she thinks alot of herself.
I think alot of her too, so it was fine with me, but it is definitely partisan. Albright is informed and thoughtful about international politics.
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I respect that about her. However, if you are going to read this book you should know that she tries really hard to be fair, but believes in her heart of hearts that She and Clinton were on the right path even when they failed and that George Bush has been on the wrong path for much of his presidency. But, considering who she is, can you blame her for feeling this way?
Feb 02, Ann Busbey rated it it was amazing. Although written in prior to the election, this book is even more apropos today. If only our current president would take the time to listen to the wisdom of this brilliant diplomat. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of our near history and some of the decisions by previous administrations that have brought us to our current circumstances on the global stage. Mar 29, Nicole Marble rated it it was amazing.
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