Hard Choices Hardcover – Jun 10 2014
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A subtle, finely calibrated work….Hard Choices is a statesmanlike document…with succinct and often shrewd appraisals of the complex web of political, economic and historical forces in play around the world, and the difficulties American leaders face in balancing strategic concerns with ‘core values.’ The tone is calm and measured, with occasional humorous asides, like describing an offer by Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian leader, to take Bill Clinton along on a polar-bear tagging expedition. (Michiko Kakutani The New York Times)
[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
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 memoirs, Hard Choices and Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village.See all Product Description
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I think the problem was Hillary tried to cover too much. She also discusses events by theme (so China, then Burma), rather than a general chronological narrative. In some ways this helps keep your focus on a particular problem. But, by necessity, it also detracts from the overall flow of the book. You jump from one issue to another rather than seeing her tenure fold out in front of you like in the other two books. For me, it was a significant hindrance in understanding Hillary's overall path.
Also, the book really does read like a preparation for a US Presidential run.Read more ›
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Hillary Clinton is such an admirable woman; what an amazing chronicle of her 4 years in the White House as Secretary of State.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Chan
With very clear words, you can see how the politicians think and work which is clearly different from what they declare in front of press and different media.Published 6 months ago by O. L. Elshafi
What a great read. I was expecting to read a lot more about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Realized it was more about her years as Secretary of State. Read morePublished 10 months ago by April McArthur
Despite being 6 Million $ in debt for her presidential campaign the President Elect asks her to be Secretary of State. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ellison
Not much new in her book but reading how she thinks and how she has shaped the memories of her journey into public life is like sharing an intimate moment with her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. D. Graham
Did not finish this one. Very boring and boastful in my opinion.Published 15 months ago by Bruce W. Boylan
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