Madeleine Albright: Hell and Other Destinations
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America’s first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. “I don’t want to be remembered,” she answered. “I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.”
In that time of transition, the former secretary considered the possibilities: She could write, teach, travel, give speeches, start a business, fight for democracy, help to empower women, campaign for favored political candidates, spend more time with her grandchildren. Instead of choosing one or two, she decided to do it all. For nearly 20 years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail—and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background or age.
Secretary Albright’s new memoir is blunt, intimate, funny and serious—an excellent basis for a rare, candid visit with one of America’s most memorable and revered public figures
Albright black and white photo by Platon
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