Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albrigh reflects on the final stages of her career, and working productively into your her decades in this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir.

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 twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day.

Hell and Other Destinations reveals this Albright at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.

Title:Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062979315
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  • Jean

    I have read a number of Madeleine Albright’s books in 2012 I read “Prague Winter: Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937-1948”, and in 2018 I read “Fascism: A Warning”. I realize I someh...

  • Kathleen Gray

    A wonderful memoir worth reading not only for the insight into Madeline Albright's life and thinking but also as inspiration for those who need a push to speak up. Yes, she's right- there is a special...

  • Susan

    Madeleine Albright is an amazing woman, a staunch supporter of labor and civil rights and democracy. In this memoir filled with interesting anecdotes the octogenarian discusses her Czechoslovakia ance...

  • Victoria

    Thanks to Harper and Edelweiss for sharing the latest memoir by Madeline Albright. I’ve long been an admirer of hers, but hadn’t gotten around to reading her prior books (I will make it a higher p...

  • Linda

    This is the first book that I have read by Madeleine Albright. She has written many other books. She is very giving of her time and expertise, has stored a lot of information in her brain, is busier t...

  • Patricia Murphy

    What an inspirational account of a life full of public service and leadership. Albright’s positive attitude and humor are just what I needed during these dark political times. ...

  • Lizzy

    The author began this book by asking what a former Secretary of State is to do with the final decades of her life, and she answered this question in a variety of ways. Part memoir, part reflections on...

  • Bill

    Surprisingly bad. This book should be released instead as a Young Reader's book as the author glosses over world events of the past 15 years as if you have been living under a rock and only have a 7th...

  • Cary Giese

    Secretary Albright is very funny, endlessly curious, very smart and has many interesting friends in the world. She is over (as she says) 70 years and 120 months but has not seemed to have slowed down!...

  • Stephen Garrett

    Sentimental and serious, witty and informative. Secretary Albright’s anecdotes and lessons frame some of the most important moments in U.S. history from the past few decades. Her descriptions of her...