Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

Harper. Apr. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9780062802255. $29.99. BIOG
After her term as the first woman to hold the office of secretary of state ended in 2001, Albright contemplated life as a private citizen but ultimately opted to spend her time advocating for issues important to her. As a follow-up to her previous best seller, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, Albright’s new book focuses on the past two decades of her life, and the initiatives and activities with which she is involved, ranging from starting her own consultant agency and giving speeches to teaching and chairing committees on international issues. She discusses major world events, such as the Arab Spring and the Iraq War, and her assessment of key players in those conflicts including her successors as secretary of state, from Colin Powell to Hilary Clinton to Rex Tillerson. Additionally, Albright relates more personal details of her life’s story, particularly discovering her Jewish heritage and coming to terms with aging and other late-in-life transitions. She ends with her assessment of the Trump administration from a foreign policy perspective and her hopes for future national unity.
VERDICT This passionately told account of Albright’s “afterlife” will inspire readers to become involved in the issues meaningful to them. Recommended for all interested in politics, leadership, and women’s studies. [See Prepub Alert, 12/1/19.]

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