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.
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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.
I never got bored listening to this book. This book explains American policy around the world.
I have read all of Hillary Clinton's books in hard copy. This one I got on audiobook (and especially appreciated the small portion Secretary Clinton read herself). This book demonstrates the depth and breadth of her understanding of the nuances of international diplomacy and what was needed to deal with the various foreign leaders.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
It always impresses me to understand real life action behind the curtain. The US Sec. of State's work is global and is never ending. Clinton's Hard Choices pulls some punches as she remains focused on the presidency. After all, one should not make too many enemies on the way up. However, this varnish does subtract somewhat from the grit of international diplomacy. I've read the memoirs from Albright, Rice and Clinton and I'd recommend each in the same order, but all worth reading. This book's narration is superb...almost worth listening to just for that!
Thank you for your years of service. You earned my vote and confidence. No one is better prepared than you to lead this country. Gracias.
She has what it takes, and this book proves it. Gripping and enjoyable from start to finish. A true story of a dedicated public servant in difficult circumstances that should make any American proud.
As I was interested in Hillary as a presidential candidate I thought I need to read both Living History and Hard Choice to learn more about her as a politician and a human being. The Hard Choice taught me so much about the world and The USA, global economy and the leadership required by the USA government. Enjoyed the book immensely.
Hillary is a great writer, an advocate of Human Rights, a savvy politician and business woman.Who could be better suited to be president than Hillary? She will serve our country with distinction. B Zubay, a retired school Head in West Palm Beach
Great book, great read. The details of the recent international politics in this book were mesmerizing. The behind the scenes of international and national policy making was amazing. This book is a must read because rather if you are republican or democrat it's current American history that is well written.
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