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‘Prague Winter’ by Madeleine Albright, with Bill Woodward

Little Madlenka, age 6, wanted to be a priest when she grew up — which “for a young Catholic girl was certainly a sign of ambition,” notes Madeleine Albright wrily in her engaging new book. Albright, the nation’s first woman secretary of state, published a bestselling autobiography, “Madam Secretary,” soon after her term ended, and three more books since then.

Now comes “Prague Winter,” focusing on the years during and after World War II. Madlenka (her official name was Marie Jana) was born in Prague in 1937, but spent most of her childhood in Belgrade and London with her family who fled the German onslaught in 1939. Albright devoted a chapter to those European years in “Madam Secretary’’; here, she expands them to book length, weaving her family’s history with that of the land they left behind.

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