10 Questions for Madeleine Albright

When Madeleine Albright became Secretary of State, the Czech-born exile was the first woman to serve in that post. On the eve of the publication of her memoir, Madame Secretary (Miramax; 592 pages)--which covers everything from discovering belatedly that her family was Jewish to her years in the Clinton Administration--she spoke with TIME's J.F.O. McAllister.

UNLIKE OTHER MEMOIRS, MADAME SECRETARY HAS HARDLY A HINT OF SCORE SETTLING. IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, WHY DID YOU WRITE IT?

The day-to-day making of policy is arguing all the time. You're trying to get the right approach and the...

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