She never knew she was Jewish. It wasn't until she was about to become Secretary of State, that Madeleine Albright found out-from a reporter-that her family had Jewish origins. She was surprised, she had always felt like she knew who she was and where she had come from. This book is the result of her digging into her family's history and discovering the story of Czechoslovakia and how the events of World War II tore apart her family--and thousands of others. This is not much of a personal story, as a relating of the events that happened with some of Albright's commentary on the decisions that were made by the political leaders. Our book group found much to discuss as we also talked about the decisions that were made and the implications, and how they related to what's going in the world right now. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history.
This book was full of information and insight regarding WWII.
I don't know why I found this book at Dollar Tree, but I received more than what I paid for in context of Czechoslovakian history, religious and political conflict since before the world war, Austrian-Hungarian empire, and of course, about Madeleine Albright and her family. I felt I had a little but of everything.
this book sucks what do you mean
Autobiography of former secretary of state
Excellent and quite readable. Closest thing we'll ever get to an eyewitness history of the Czech people, from fabled times to post-WWII. Czechoslovakia was affected by each large nation. Therefore we can see the climate of the times through what happened to the middle-sized nations in between them.
Includes details of the lives and deaths of the author's Jewish relatives in German concentration camps. Also includes details of her father's work as an ambassador and radio broadcaster for the BBC during WWII. Interesting details regarding what Ms. Albright discovered in her position as U.S. Secretary of State.
I wonder if there will now be a followup volume entitled, "Prague Spring."
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