Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright

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Madeleine Albright, the first woman U.S. Secretary of State, tells stories about her pin collection. She says, "Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H. W. Bush had been known for saying 'Read my lips.' I began urging colleagues and reporters to 'Read my pins.'"

After criticizing Saddam Hussein as an ambassador to the United Nations, she was called 'an unparalleled serpent.' What to wear? A snake pin of course. International leaders found comfort when she arrived wearing a patriotic or cheerful pin, but blanched when her choice was a wasp or anything intimidating.

Her collection of pins is vast, with both dime-store and heirloom quality pieces included. The over 200 photographs, highlighted by often humorous stories, showed me another facet of this most accomplished woman. Check catalog for availability.

Submitted by Jacki @ MPL Central

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