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ISBN13: 9781476751443
ISBN10: 1476751447
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It's 2014 and Hillary Clinton's at the top of her game: polling high and openly contemplating a run for the White House. Her latest memoir is a must-read for Clinton fans and foes wanting the dirt on her time in the Obama administration and clues about where she's headed next.
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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.

"All of us face hard choices in our lives," Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. "Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become."

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.

By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. 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 readers 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.


Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

About the Author

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She is the author of several bestselling books, including her memoir, Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village.

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Too Many Books, October 25, 2014 (view all comments by Too Many Books)
I had tremendous respect for Hillary Clinton prior to reading this book, but I was extremely impressed by her account of the challenges she faced during her time as Secretary of State. My admiration for her has increased exponentially. Her analysis of the complexities of all the regions of the world displayed her extensive understanding of the historical and cultural factors impacting current problems. I can't imagine finding a book that better describes the history of foreign relations during the Obama administration. I came away with a much better understanding of the current world situation and the history of the various regions. I was impressed with how she gave credit to members of her staff and numerous other individuals involved in addressing the challenges faced in the delicate balancing act of diplomacy. This is very different from the perception of many of her critics, who believe that she is only interested in her own success. It is fascinating to hear about her longstanding personal relationships with many of the leaders around the world (as well as their families) as a result of having been First Lady and serving in the Senate. This is one of many reasons that I can't think of anyone more qualified to become President. She would "hit the ground running," having already developed extensive relationships with leaders in addition to her extensive knowledge. She is absolutely fearless and relentless in pursuing justice for the citizens of the countries with which she worked, particularly in the area of the rights, safety, and economic well-being of women and children. I hope that there will be many people who doubt her ability that will read this book with an open mind, in order to have a more accurate view of her many strengths and her character.
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Cristal, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by Cristal)
This book is well written, insightful and a riveting good read. Those that claim its boring must have very short attention spans. Love her or hate her, this book provides some wonderful points on the making of history and yes, how hard decisions are made.
Ms. Clinton was Secretary of State during one of the most difficult periods in American history. Again, whether you agree with her decisions or not, getting an insiders look was fascination.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Afghanistan and the Middle East. As someone who has lived there and studied the Middle East as my major in college, I can tell you she is factual and knowledgeable about the area.
Conservatives do themselves a huge disservice in not reading this book with an objective eye. If you don't wish to contribute to her monetarly, then check the book out from the library. But don't be willfully ignorant. And stop posting fake reviews. That's morally and ethically wrongand if you are a ChristianYou are bearing false witness.
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Clinton, Hillary Rodham
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It's 2014 and Hillary Clinton's at the top of her game: polling high and openly contemplating a run for the White House. Her latest memoir is a must-read for Clinton fans and foes wanting the dirt on her time in the Obama administration and clues about where she's headed next.

"Synopsis" by , Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
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