Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Book - 2014 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476751443
Branch Call Number: B CLINTON HILLARY
Characteristics: xii, 635 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm.


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Sep 25, 2017

Puff piece lacking facts.

Sep 16, 2017

Inspiring book. I reccomend it for all no matter the political views you have!

Feb 22, 2017

Hillary lists her accomplishments.
--- She ordered the theft of UN messages and trained 5000 "activists" to destabilize foreign governments. She upholds US bombing because "America was not seeking dominance."
Pakistan's objections to droning its villagers were "temper tantrums".
--- She blames Putin for resisting US control of Ukraine and demolition of Syria. Putin uses our invasions as an excuse for military upgrades. We own the Muslim Near East, but Russia should stay out of Russian-populated Crimea. Russia's demand for payment for its natural gas amounts to blackmail.
--- Hillary claims that she, not Sarkozy, led the campaign against Gaddafi (and thus deserves credit for wrecking Libya and turning it over to terrorists). She still blames a video for the Benghazi disaster. Our slain ambassador was foolish to go there. Hillary was heroic in the crisis.
--- She blames Assad for withstanding US-backed terrorists. His poison gas reserve was a serious threat to America. She ignores our own gas arsenal. Hillary urged Obama to invade Syria, but he refused. She was tougher.
--- She upholds the Saudis, who enslave women, and condemns Assad, who maintains their freedom. She denounces peaceful Iranian nuclear development, but upholds Israel's large nuke hoard. She denounces human rights violations, but supports Israel's oppression of Palestinians. She says Latin America was held back by Soviet meddling -- not by two centuries of US conquest, subversion, and exploitation.
--- She condemns dehumanization, but dehumanizes fetuses.
--- She would protect Black wages by admitting millions of new illegal workers.
--- She supports both religious freedom and forced participation in gay weddings. She filled the State Dept with gays, and pressured Muslim leaders to spread sodomy in their countries. At a meeting, Hillary and Admiral Harris urged Russian officials to have gays in their military; she was offended when the Russians asked if Admiral Harris was gay.
--- She denounces Manning and Snowden. We must steal foreign secrets, while concealing ours. She touts her cyber insight. (Later she would plead ignorance of classified email rules.)
--- Hillary confirms the Clinton family motto: Better to get caught trying than not to try at all.

Jun 08, 2016

The hardest choice Hillary ever had to face was what flavor of cake to eat. The good thing about this book however is if you run out of toilet paper you could always use the torn pages from this book....
... But then again you might get symptoms of poison ivy.

May 03, 2016

Something as easy as telling people only one of her grandparents was an immigrant and she had to lie to us and say all four were. I want to read her Wall Street speeches.

Feb 05, 2016

Whatta joke. Hillary is a joke and America will be doomed if we elect her. Like come on, do you really wanna elect a Commander and Chief thats under a full on FBI investigation for doing illegal things? Wow, sad. Hillary does one thing really, really good tho. She is a excellent liar.

serob Feb 02, 2016

Since Mrs. Clinton is a moderate conservative with Wall Street ties and support, I'm surprised at the negative criticism from those in the conservative camp.

JRock15 Dec 14, 2015

Shouldn't this book be a work of fiction?

jrayjedi Dec 14, 2015

Yeah, real hard choices like whether to let some Americans live or not (Bengazi). Or whether to turn over atomic secrets to Communist China. Or whether to send CLASSIFIED INFO over a private email server. C'mon people!
The hard choice of whether to run for president or not must not have been that hard, because she is obviously running NOW! So much for being satisfied with working at her family's foundation. Who actually thought she would be satisfied with that? HA! Hats off to stargladiator on this one.
I agree with trunk-monkey- a work of fiction is just about everything she says really.

Jun 14, 2015

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