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The Mighty and the Almighty

Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

by Madeleine Albright

The Mighty and the Almighty by Madeleine Albright
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  • Published in USA  May 2006
    352 pages
    Genre: Biographies/Memoirs

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Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists? Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world.

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"Starred review. While fully acknowledging the threat al-Qaeda poses, Albright rejects the notion that a "clash of civilizations" is in progress and wisely calls for care and nuance in how America approaches international confrontations that are tinged with religion." - PW.
"A valuable primer on foreign-policy challenges that are sure to bedevil the United States for a long time to come." - Kirkus.
"Starred review. A thoughtful and absorbing look at religion and world politics for readers of all religious and political persuasions." - Booklist.

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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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