When international affairs icon Madeline Albright died last March, the world lost a powerful political mind. As the first female Secretary of State, Albright served on Bill Clinton’s cabinet and guided the country through many crises.
It had been a long path to the top. Albright was born in Prague, just before the start of World War II. Her family had to flee the country under threat of death from Nazis, who she later learned killed many members of her extended family. As an adult, Albright would often wonder what would have happened if her parents hadn’t left.
Before her death, Albright wrote a memoir about all the accomplishments and mistakes that marked her career in foreign policy. Learn more about her remarkable journey in our Instaread on Hell and Other Destinations.