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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Discusses Her New Book

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses her new book: "Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs."

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Madeleine Albright's life's journey took her from being a diplomat's daughter in Czechoslovakia to becoming America's first female secretary of state. Her faith journey included being raised as a Roman Catholic, joining the Episcopal Church as an adult, and discovering just a decade ago her Jewish roots.

    Now she's written a new book that covers some of both journeys. It's called "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs."

    And, Madam Secretary, welcome back.

    MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, Former Secretary of State: Great to be with you, Ray.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    You talk about questions of faith in foreign affairs, but reveal early on that, when you were first learning to become a member of American's foreign service, these were not even questions that were being asked by the people who were teaching and learning about how to represent America abroad.

  • MADELEINE ALBRIGHT:

    On the contrary, what was happening was that, when there was a serious issue to either be studied or make some decisions about, people would say, "Well, this is complicated enough. Let's not bring God and religion into it."

    And so it was pushing away something because we thought that conflicts were serious and then, if you began to talk about how God fit in, it would just make them insoluble. So I have come a long way, in terms of what I'm talking about in this book.

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