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.
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.
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.
©2014 Hillary Rodham Clinton. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
Hillary Rodham Clinton logged thousands of miles and visited over 100 countries during her four years as Secretary of State. In this book she provides both a "big picture" historical review of the concerns, challenges and opportunities of the nations around the world, as well as the intimate aspects of the people charged with leading their countries. Several themes are woven into the narrative: the importance of relationships in diplomacy, the difficult compromises necessary to balance values and strategic interests, the intensity of human need and suffering and our human and national obligation to defend and expand human rights.
I enjoyed this book, but it's long. A couple of the chapters are a bit dry - by the time Syria rolled around it felt a little repetitive. I have more appreciation for how difficult and complex the Secretary of State Job is having read this book.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
In the book Hillary Clinton tells about her time as Secretary of State. I had read “The Secretary” by Kim Ghattas and “HRC” by Jonathan Allan and Amie Parnes which covered the same topic. The interesting part of the book for me was her side comments such as her discussion about William Seward; I read his biography last year. He also was a senator from New York who lost his Presidential nomination and the faithfully served Lincoln, the man who beat him, as Secretary of State. She frequently quotes Eleanor Roosevelt which I found delightfully as I am a big fan of Eleanor Roosevelt. The meeting to discuss increasing troops to Afghanistan was also described in detail in the book “Duty” by Robert Gates. Hillary covers in great depth her philosophy of “Smart Power.” She opens her tour as Secretary of State by travelling to Asia. She tells why she thought it was important to emphasize Asia, the problems facing the area, in fact, she goes area by area throughout the book describing each areas problems, what has been done, needs to be done to overcome the problems. She covers Burma, China and Pakistan in depth. A picture of Hillary does come through as a person who is an optimist and very persistent. It appears she keeps going, by building on the small victories so they outweigh the defeats. She goes about breaking things down. She is a disaggregator, who can’t see problems without trying to make it smaller, more manageable, and then she tries to fit the pieces back together again. Between the stories of diplomacy are scattered personal stories about her mother, her life as a college student, meeting and marrying Bill Clinton, her daughter and how much she is looking forward to being a grandmother. The book is cautiously written and free of politically charged rhetoric and appears to be factually correct. The only comments she made about two politically charged issues was on Iraq, she apologized. She said “I got it wrong” and she learned from the mistake. On the deaths of State Department people killed in Benghazi Libya she said she is responsible because she was Secretary of State. Hillary mostly has good thing to say about people including George W. Bush. She quotes a maxim from China’s Deng Xiaoping: “Coolly observe, calmly deal with things, hold your position, hide your capacities, bide your time, accomplish things where possible.” The book was narrated by Kathleen Chalfont and Hillary Clinton.
I love good writting and greyhounds.
This book helped me “get to know” Hillary more as a politician. Other writings have had political components, but this was different. In a sense it was Hillary, in her own words. My only wish was that the entire book had been Hillary in her own voice! I think she missed a tremendous opportunity to have imprinted her voice in our minds.
It was very carefully crafted and while some might think this was a negative aspect of the work, I am glad our potential, future President is thoughtful and pays attention to details. Yes, it was detailed and yes it was long. It was also educational at times and interesting throughout.
My eyes are going bad, and without audible, my mind would certainly go next...
Would surely have been better if she weren't running. The book MUST be playing it safe. I can't believe the actual foreign policy events were as dull as the recounting here. Any question the narrator might have salvaged it is moot: I've never heard a more killingly monotone performance. Still, I love Hillary - she's smart and pragmatic and will make a superb president - she will most certainly have my vote. But I wish I hadn't offered up my credit.
His book far surpassed my expectations. I was concerned that it might be a bit dry, a bit tedious. I don't read political books as a general rule but if this book is any indication of why they're like- that's all about to change. I really cannot recommend it enough. Enjoy!!
I would recommend this book to a friend who is not of the faint of heart. It's extremely long and complicated, with excellent nuggets of insight throughout.
I would not be willing to try another book read by Kathleen Chalfant. The first chapter, which was read by Mrs. Clinton herself, was excellent. Ms. Chalfant's voice is thin and grating. I'm only a few chapters into the book and am having trouble forcing myself to listen because it's annoying to listen to it.
it wasn't exactly inspiring. it seemed that the content itself is being quite diplomatic with the reader. maybe there is no other option. but it made me question if I'm being told what need to conclude.
HRC's values align with mine. The world is a very complicated place. She understands diplomacy. She has personal relationships with many world leaders. She is the most qualified candidate hands down.
"Hillary's political promotion"
No, unless this friend lives in the USA and is fun of Hillary as politician and would like to vote for her.
It's easy to listen and Hillary is quite artistic, very good that she reads it.
This book is more like promotion to Hillary Clinton, where she describes what good she and her party did over the times when she was politically active, and in particular had a role of equivalent to the foreign minister. Interesting, but this promotional bias is highly dissapointing.
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