Hard Choices

Hard Choices

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. "All of us face hard choices in our lives," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. "Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become." In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted. Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm's way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden. By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day. Secretary Clinton's descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer listeners a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use "smart power" to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2014
ISBN: 9781442378438
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (26hr., 55min., 44sec.)) : digital

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Samuel A Marcum Oct 29, 2014

In this book Mrs. Clinton marvelously showcases the depth of her experience as a diplomat and political figurehead. As an author the language is a bit dry, but it is intelligent and coherent.

The book goes line by line addressing her work as Secretary of State (primarily) only bringing up her work as Senator and First Lady as anecdotal supplemental reference to support her monologue. I enjoyed some parts thoroughly while others I found boring - and it was almost all dry - but I think it's reasonable to interpret her work in the State Department to match that description. In fact she acknowledges as much in the book.

Overall a good book, but not a world beater. I'm glad it wasn't a political soap box, though toward the end it started to become more of that. The book probably ended only slightly later than it should have.

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