Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists?
Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America's approach to the world. Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own deepest beliefs about morality, the United States, and the present state of world affairs, a woman noted for plain speaking offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time.
"An absorbing look at the intersection of world politics and world religion."
Part 1. God, liberty, country. The mighty and the almighty -- "The eyes of all people are upon us" -- Good intentions gone astray : Vietnam and the Shah -- The question of conscience -- Faith and diplomacy -- The devil and Madeleine Albright -- "Because it is right" -- Part 2. Cross, crescent, star. Learning about Islam -- Holy land, but whose? -- "The greatest Jihad" -- "God wants me to be President" -- Iraq : unintended consequences -- Confronting Al Qaeda -- The Saudi dilemma -- Arab democracy -- Islam in the West -- Africa : a race for souls -- Part 3. Final reflections. The whole shooting match -- Summoning the better angels.
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 17th March 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia