Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir Book Summary

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



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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kate

    I am a longtime admirer of Secretary Albright and have read a few of her other books, but this new memoir has easily become my favorite of her works. Her new memoir is a heartfelt reflection of her pe...

  • Marion

    What a gal she is and what a life she is leading at 83 years young. She cares deeply about the big issues and the small details and never stops saying yes to the opportunity to make the world a better...

  • Nancy

    Gah! I love listening to Albright’s audiobooks. When I listened to Prague Winter some time ago, I was worried her monotone voice would lull me to sleep but now I oddly think it adds to her work. ...