Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs  -     By: Madeleine Albright
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Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, offers a thoughtful look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world. Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own beliefs, she offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time. In The Mighty and the Almighty, Albright argues that, to be effective, U.S. policy-makers must understand the power and place of religion in motivating others and in coloring how American actions are perceived. Defying the conventional wisdom, she suggests not only that religion and politics are inseparable, but that their partnership, when properly harnessed, can be a force for justice and peace. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 6.30 X 9.20 X 1.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0060892579
ISBN-13: 9780060892579
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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. Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own deepest beliefs about morality, the United States, and the present state of world affairs, a woman noted for plain speaking offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time.

In The Mighty and the Almighty, Madeleine Albright examines the profound impact of religion on America’s view of itself, the effect on U.S. policy of the rise of the Christian right, the Bush administration’s successes and failures in responding to 9/11, the challenges posed by the war in Iraq, and the importance of understanding Islam. She offers a balanced but, when necessary, devastating analysis of U.S. strategy and condemns those of all faiths who exploit religious fervor to create divisions or enhance their own power.

In this illuminating account, Albright argues that, to be effective, U.S. policy-makers must understand the power and place of religion in motivating others and in coloring how American actions are perceived. Defying the conventional wisdom, she suggests not only that religion and politics are inseparable, but that their partnership, when properly harnessed, can be a force for justice and peace.

Author Bio

Madeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Library Journal

Former secretary of state and ambassador to the UN, Albright (Edmund A. Walsh Sch. of Foreign Service, Georgetown Univ.; Madam Secretary) shares her thoughts on religious faith and its virtually inextricable relationship to politics and to today's international relations. She presents her own personal beliefs, political influences, and professional experiences with world leaders throughout the text. Albright begins with a history of how religion has played a role in American foreign affairs since the Revolution, but the bulk of the book focuses on the current age, in particular the explosive tensions in the Middle East and the influence of religion upon American conservatism. She notes the essential place of religion in the Middle East's internal tensions and its attitudes toward the West, observing that American involvement there on a purely political level was impossible. While she offers that President Bush's particular religious views hinder, rather than help, the current Middle East situation, she is not strident about this volatile topic. This is a more or less dispassionate book, accessible and informative, impressively seeking reasoned pathways through today's international tensions. Highly recommended for both public and undergraduate libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/06.]-Jenny Emanuel, Electronic Svcs., Central Missouri State Univ. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Secretary of State under President Clinton and a devout Catholic (with recently discovered Jewish roots), Albright (Madam Secretary) is especially qualified to tackle the thorny subject of the role of faith in international relations. In a remarkably accessible, even breezy style, she looks at these issues in light of recent history both abroad and at home, from the religious fundamentalism that led to the ouster of the shah of Iran to the invasion of Iraq and American hope that a political culture can emerge there that integrates democracy and Islam. But Albright also looks critically at President Bush, an evangelical Christian who invokes God in the name of fighting "evil." In this ambitious, thoughtful, and wide-ranging treatment, Albright deftly balances the pragmatic need to confront religious-based unrest and the idealistic need to temper one's own personal beliefs in the public realm. 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. (May 2) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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