MADAM SECRETARY, INSCRIBED BY MADELINE ALBRIGHT
ALBRIGHT, Madeleine. Madam Secretary. (New York): Miramax, (2003). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First trade edition of Albright's critically praised memoir, inscribed on the half title by her, "To M— A— Madeleine Albright 12/8/07"
Madeleine Albright, who died in March 2022, "was a child of Czech refugees who fled from Nazi invaders and Communist oppressors and then landed in the U.S…. Under President Bill Clinton she became the country's representative to the United Nations and… the first woman to serve as secretary of state… It was not until after she became secretary of state that she accepted proof that, as she had long suspected, her ethnic and religious background was not what she had thought. She learned that her family was Jewish and that her parents had protectively converted to Roman Catholicism during WWII, raising their children as Catholics without telling them of their Jewish heritage. She also discovered that 26 family members, including three grandparents, had been murdered in the Holocaust" (New York Times). In Madam Secretary she brought "the diplomat's world to life… the result is a book that creates a sense of policy made by real people, not by world-bestriding titans" (New Yorker). With 32 pages of photographic illustrations, many in color. Preceded by the same year's signed limited edition.
A fine copy.