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.
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.
Where to start. I only made it a few hours in. It reads 100% like a propaganda piece for Hillary's run for office, which was hard on me because previously I was a staunch Hillary supporter. But there is no story here; only a 32 hour long propaganda campaign.
This book reads more like a history or itinerary of the chief diplomat then a "story." we hear all about the different trouble spots (that's how the book is sorted) but rarely hear anything controversial. It is a very politically correct book. It may be a product of the times, it certainly will allow all readers of both political views a good insight into the backroom diplomacy. And as a history book it leaves the reader wanting more. Still the reader can learn a lot about America's standing and the relationships we have with other countries.
The good part of the book
A) it was in depth, sharing a behind the scenes look at the matters that concerned the chief diplomat. As one of the most travelled chief diplomats there are a lot of one on one stories that shed light on world leaders personalities.
B) This book wasn't about politics, which was nice. There wasn't mud slinging. Differences of opinion were stated but not demonized. That was nice. It was very historical rather then political.
Dislikes about the book
A) There was not much friction discussed, surely life could not have been as pleasant as disagreements in this book
B) Failures were not identified or addressed in depth. They were touched on but deep. In the same terms as the positives of this book it was disappointing to not hear/read about things that didn't go right or personal conflicts.
I can't believe the book is over. I can't believe it was 20 + hours. I enjoyed immensely being a fly on the wall of international politics. I've always known of Hillary Clinton, it's great to know her as a person.
Hillary provides a thorough and thought provoking tour of her time at the state department. It opens a window to the complex and impactful role of the Secretary of State.
As a political insider for so many years and interactions with various world leaders, I was hoping for some interesting stories, information about personality quirks, etc. Instead, this is just one very long history lesson. The narrator, while sounding similar to Mrs. Clinton, was very monotone making the book even more painful to listen to. If you are looking for a detailed account of recent history, then this is for you. Otherwise, I recommend you pass on it.
I hope everyone reads or listens to this book. It is so relevant to everything happening in the world today. In my opinion there is no other person more qualified ever to be president of the United States.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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!)
"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.
"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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