Does America 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 best-selling author of
Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world.
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.
After 9/11, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright decided to examine the role of religion in modern politics. This is the interesting result. Albright's experience as a public speaker and professor is evident in this eminently listenable audiobook. While one wishes that she had audibly smiled when narrating the book's humorous anecdotes, she does everything else right. She makes good use of her modulated, pleasantly raspy voice, varying her tone and rhythm to lighten the dense information and pacing the narration so that listeners have time to digest the material. An informative author interview is an added benefit at the end. This is an excellent production of a timely volume.
"In a remarkably accessible, even breezy style, she looks at these issues in light of recent history both abroad and at home." (
"A thoughtful and absorbing look at religion and world politics for readers of all religious and political persuasions." ( Booklist)
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