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Hard Choices: A Memoir Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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[A] clear and at times riveting account of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s four years as secretary of state….The book bolsters her reputation as a strong “representational” diplomat who carried the flag to 112 countries. But the meaty middle of Hard Choices does something more than chronicle the frequent-flier miles: It provides evidence that Clinton displayed good judgment as secretary of state and understood some important issues earlier than her boss, President Obama…..[O]nce Clinton gets rolling, she does what’s most valuable in this kind of memoir, which is to take readers inside her meetings — sketching portraits of the world leaders with whom she did business…..Perhaps the most revelatory passages in the book involve the secret diplomacy that led to the November 2013 interim nuclear agreement with Iran. -- David Ignatius, The Washington Post
Hard Choices is a richly detailed and compelling chronicle of Clinton's role in the foreign initiatives and crises that defined the first term of the Obama administration — the pivot to Asia, the Afghanistan surge of 2009, the ‘reset’ with Russia, the Arab Spring, the ‘wicked problem’ of Syria — told from the point of view of a policy wonk… it's also mercifully free of the bromides that mar most campaign biographies. The book teems with small, entertaining details about her interactions with foreign leaders., Los Angeles Times
“To its credit, Clinton’s memoir is serious, sober and substantive….No fair-minded reader could finish this book and doubt Clinton’s essential command of the issues, whatever one might think of her solutions for them. She roams widely and delves into war and peace, terrorism and Russia, economic development and women’s rights. She knows the players and the history.” -- Peter Baker, New York Times Book Review
“An amazing story….Above all, what comes through is Clinton's sheer persistence. This is how she does politics, by keeping going and totting up the small victories so that they outweigh the defeats.”, The Guardian
“Enjoy Hard Choices for what it is at its best — a rich and lively narrative of Clinton's foreign policy successes, and failures.”, Entertainment Weekly
“Undeniable depth.”, Financial Times
“Blessed with an instant familiarity.”, The Independent
“Clinton’s voice and world view is authentic…and this is gripping.”, Evening Standard
“Clinton goes into deep detail about her work in Asia, Iraq and Afghanistan, Latin America, and other hot spots around the globe. She details her vision for U.S. foreign policy and the role of diplomacy. Along the way, she introduces readers to a who’s who of world leaders and gives insight into the way they think and do business.”, Booklist
About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476751447
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476751443
- Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.9 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition (June 10, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hillary’s day-by-day account has expounded on the finest details in a way both informative and riveting. I have learned minutiae about international celebrities, what really happened behind the scenes at international conferences and the ‘how’s and ‘why’s of many global events, political and otherwise, formerly obscured in mystery, that have altered my perceptions entirely.
Love her or hate her, this is a woman of immense perceptions and, I believe, integrity, with much experience to pass on. I did enjoy learning from it.
The closing lines in the epilogue - getting back to work - are a telling sign that she's not yet done and makes a nice bridge between her years of service as part the Obama Administration and her bid to be the next Democratic candidate for US President. Enjoyable and educational.
I liked the way that she opened each new section of the book with a personal anecdote, that eased you into the issues that were to be dealt with. In short, a worthwhile read which gives a general idea of how the democratic Party views America's role in the world.