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Memo to the President Elect

How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

By Madeleine Albright

Memo to the President Elect
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2008,
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After eight years of mismanagement and miscalculation under George W. Bush, the office of the American president will be at an all–time low. The new commander–in–chief will have to recover quickly and rebuild completely. In Memo to the President Elect, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers a persuasive, wide–ranging set of recommendations to the prospective winner of the 2008 Presidential election. Secretary Albright explains how to select a first–rate foreign policy team, how to avoid the pitfalls that plagued earlier presidents, how to ensure that decisions, once carefully made, are successfully implemented, and how to employ the full range of tools available to a president to persuade other countries to support U.S. objectives.

Making full use of her experience as an adviser to two presidents and as a key figure in four presidential transitions, Secretary Albright addresses all the major world conflicts that are sure to be paramount over the next four years at the White House. Top on her list are our confrontation with terror, Iraq, the Middle East, the control of nuclear weapons, the rise of Asia, emerging threats to democracy, and the management of U.S. relations with troublesome leaders, including Iran's President Mahomoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and North Korea's Kim Jong–Il. With the 2008 election campaign entering its decisive phase, Memo to the President Elect will be an indispensable companion to what is sure to be a highly volatile race.

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Madeleine Albright Author Biography

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Madeleine Korbel was born on May 15, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her father, Josef Korbel, was a member of the Czech diplomatic service who worked in Belgrade, London, and Prague before he fled with his family after a Communist coup in Czechoslovakia in 1948. The family were granted political asylum in the United States, and Josef began working at the University of Denver, where he later founded a graduate school of international relations.

She became a naturalized U.S. citizen and learned to speak English without an accent by the time she graduated high school. She is also fluent in Czech, French, Polish, and Russian. She married her husband, Joseph Albright, in 1959 (they divorced in 1982).

Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Serving from ...

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