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.
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.
This isn't a juicy book full of gossip. It's a self-conscious book written by someone who obviously plans to run for president. It taught me so much about how the political and economic systems in the world interrelate. It was a GREAT font of information!
A good read if you are interested in American foreign policy. This book goes deep into foreign affairs issues, the decisions, and the rational behind them. In writing this book Hillary Clinton reveals her deep thought into policy and America's place in history.
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 hope this book in hopes of getting a greater understanding of her viewpoints and choices prior to voting on this years election . I'm on chapter 5 and bored out of my mind! 28 hours of audio? She could cut it in half if she ditched the small talk. I don't care about how many hours she flew !
Yes, I belive it is important to read about the roles and members of our government. Hearing the story behind the issues is important. Don't just believe what is on the internet or in the newspapers.
Benghazi story- Very interesting, scary and sad
Human rights section
No, there were some parts that got a little long. However, I like how she discussed all of the different political situations as a chapter or two together. Really helped you understand the challenges.
"Hilary 'solus contra mundum'"
A ripping re-telling of American foreign policy during the time of Hillary Clinton as Sec of State. The book adds many insights into the events and tangled personal relationships developed while she was in office. Well worth listening to even if you are left with the feeling it is only the US and indeed Hilary her self who can affect change around the globe. Many fascinating vignettes and glimpses into the life of a senior politician and the office of Secretary of State, a life of a person who may well yet become the next and 45th president of USA. Enjoy, another extraordinary and very formative part of the unfolding Clinton dynasty
"Hard Choices - Hillary Rodham Clinton"
An excellent look into the real world of a magnificent woman - such a full and amazing life - whether HRC decides to run for President of the USA or not nobody could have spent their life giving so much to the rest of the world. I kind of hope she does as nobody has ever had so much experience in the field of global politics. Good Luck HRC (from a Brit too!)
"Yup she's a politician"
Normally I would not read anything written by politicians, on principle but when Barack Obama was elected, I was intrigued. I bought and listened to the two books on his life story and was impressed by his intellect and honesty. I was particularly impressed by the respect he had for his wife and his acknowledgement of her strength. As a result I looked forward to this book written by a women he obviously respected for her strength and intellect. I was disappointed. The book was politically correct, said all the right things in the right places but lack personality and courage, It could have been so much more and would have earned so much more respect if Hilliary had been been true to herself. She was so careful to tow the part line that she got lost in the mix. I look forward to the honest follow up to this book. The one where she tells her husband that infidelity is not acceptable and she tells Barack she is pissed at being his 2 IC but she will do the job anyway to stay in the lime light. I really want to see the unread-acted version of this book because I suspect that is the version worth reading.
"insight into diplomacy "
great to understand how international diplomacy works. how leaders build relationships. I liked the way it was broken in different continant.
One Formidable Lady
Insightful and well written / narrated. Maybe Hillary could have come across as a bit more human though, thought it was defensive at times but all in all very informative.
"Occasionally challenging to an English ear...."
Although I want to state outright I enjoyed this book and look forward to listening to it again in all honesty I must admit to having struggled with it at times. The pro American hyperbole is to be expected as is the dramatically squiffed world view of Americas part in apparently all world decisions but sometimes this does feel like a giant cv that should be entitled ' Why I should be President'. Having said that I found the areas addressing her own family and reasons for entering and continuing to be engaged in politics to be deeply moving.
Ok, Im off to eBay now to buy an 'I love Hilary' badge.....
I enjoyed the book and found I could 'dip' in and out of it without any problems. I felt it provided an interesting perspective knowing Rodham Clinton is now in the presidential race. If you're at all interested in Hillary, I recommend the book (but if you're after 'gossip', this is more of a political chronical).
"Chaper1 read by Hilary is engaging. Rest not"
The whole thing should have been read by Hillary. It was really disappointing that after the first chapter, the rest was by another reader. It just didn't carry the weight or tone of the author's own voice. I stopped listening.
"Really interesting story, very enlightening"
Even though I do not like Hilary, at the end of this book, I had a new respect for her, and for the job of Secretary of State. The endless crisis of her tenure were in intriguing and very educational regarding world politics and USA's commitment to democracy through out the world. Also interesting was to see the hypocrisy with how many tyrannical regimes we turn a blind-eye to in the name of national security.
I wish that Hilary took the time to narrate this herself, but the person who did, sounded so much like her, I felt like it was Hilary telling the story after all
"Bring on 2016"
As with most political literature, the print version of this book looks dauntingly large. I found having this as an audio file on my phone far better, mainly because it meant I could do other things while listening.
I like that, unlike some politicians, Hillary is - comparatively - brutally honest about her decisions. Although there are several personal anecdotes to help the story along - she starts by describing the meeting she had with her campaigners post-losing to Obama - the focus is still on the decisions she made as Secretary of State, and the consequences of such decisions.
This book is very clearly narrated, with some emotion from Hillary that adds to the story she's portraying. It allows the listener better access, not only to the plot but also to the effects those decisions have had on the person who made them.
I definitely don't think you could listen to this book all in one sitting, unless you were doing other things at the same time.
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