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 bought this book because first, I wasn't sure what a Secretary of State does, and second, everything I knew about Clinton was through the news. This book was such a surprise for me because I don't normally gravitate towards memoirs & bios. It answered questions I had and then some. Diplomacy is, well, vanilla.. but Hard Choices cuts into the core of underlying diplomatic relations and exposes a nerve that I wouldn't even have guessed was there. For someone I perceived as excruciatingly guarded, Clinton delivered a raw look into her time as Secretary of State.
I liked hearing Clinton in the beginning and end, and Kathleen Chalfant's narration had subtle cutting to appropriate warmth that plausibly translated to Clinton herself.
I listen to audiobooks while I work, and I couldn't wait to start work the next day. I plan on listening to it again in the near future.
If you are genuinely curious about Hillary Clinton, I think you will really enjoy this book.
Vincent Everts, TrendWatcher
The first 2 chapters are read by Hillary herself which makes it personal. The rest is Kathleen which is fine after a chapter or two. Nice to listen too. Insight in international policy, Libya, birma. You get a feel how important Hillary find human GLBT and children rights. Not a very self critical book, would be nice if she was a little but more venerable. She is now strong without a flaw. But she had been attacked enought to allow herself to do this.
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.
"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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