Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright

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The first comprehensive look at America's first female Secretary of State explores both her personal and professional accomplishments and experiences, including the surprising news that her parents had been born Jewish and other relatives had died in the Holocaust. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

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The commencement speaker at Madeleine Albright's 1959 graduation from Wellesley College told the women at this prestigious East Coast school that their sterling education would serve them well. They were, said then Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy, "given the ideal preparation to serve at the very heart of the home." But the daughter of Czechoslovakian parents, whose diplomat father moved them to the U.S. when his country fell under Soviet control, was far too intellectually ambitious to be sent into domestic exile. Seasoned Time political reporter Ann Blackman's biography describes how Albright moved past the expectations of her time--and the challenges of being an immigrant--to become the highest-ranking woman in the history of U.S. politics when Bill Clinton picked her to be his second secretary of state.

Through a peripatetic childhood, marriage and divorce, and the increasing demands of her work as a Ph.D. candidate, professor, and United States ambassador to the United Nations, Albright is revealed to be driven and demanding, a savvy diplomat who has forged relationships with world leaders and with a small, sustaining group of powerful American women. Extensively researched and enlivened by anecdote, Seasons of Her Life is a fascinating study of a very unusual and dynamic woman's rise to power. --Maria Dolan

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Ann Blackman has spent thirty years as a news reporter chronicling cultural changes in American life. Before joining Time magazine in 1985 as deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C., she worked for the Boston Globe and the Associated Press. She served as a foreign correspondent for Time in Moscow from 1987 to 1990. Since then, she has covered American social policy, as well as First Lady Hillary Clinton, from Time's Washington, D.C., bureau. Blackman lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children. This is her first book.

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