Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

January 10, 2008 5:23:39 PM PST
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright outlines a much needed new vision for the next president on how to repair America's leadership, credibility MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership
By Madeleine Albright

"In this frank, strongly worded letter to the next president, Madam Secretary summons her considerable experience to voice her dismay at the Bush administration's misuse of power abroad. Fighting words from a political sage." -Kirkus Reviews

The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility here and overseas. Written in the style of a confidential memo, MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (HarperCollins Publishers, January 8, 2008), is a provocative and fascinating blueprint from former Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright who offers ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges the next commander-in-chief will face and, in doing so, returning America as a source of inspiration across the globe.

Much more than a set of policy prescriptions, Dr. Albright's writing blends lessons from the past with forward-looking suggestions about how to assemble a first-rate foreign policy team, anticipate the actions of other key countries, make full use of presidential power without repeating the excesses of the Bush administration, and revive America's commitment to its founding ideals.

Dr. Albright's advice is candid and seasoned with humor and stories from her years in power. Arriving just in time for the start of the 2008 presidential primaries, MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT offers indispensable guidance for the next occupant of the White House and a wealth of insights for voters to think about before deciding who that person will be.

Coming at a time when the leadership from the United States is both badly needed and widely misunderstood, MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT provides a refreshing and timely vision of how to restore competence to the White House and trust in America.


Madeleine Albright served as U.S. secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, the first woman ever to hold that position. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. See overleaf for an extended bio.