Monday February 17, 2020

Albright points to the danger of despots in personal recollections

The veteran Democrat draws on her personal history along with insights from her own career in a new book, Fascism: A Warning, which considers the prospect of a global turn to ultra-nationalist authoritarianism

27th May, 2018
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POLITICS: Fascism: A Warning, By Madeleine Albright, William Collins, €21

Madeleine Albright is better placed than most to predict the ascent of fascism. The former US secretary of state was not even two years old when Nazi stormtroopers marched into her native Czechoslovakia, dragging the continent closer to conflict.

After fleeing the German occupation, Albright lived as a refugee in London, where her father joined the Czechoslovakian government in exile. The family returned...

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