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  • Hardcover: 635 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471131505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471131509
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating insight into the realities of power and diplomacy during her time as secretary of state. It vividly illustrates the foreign policy is far from binary, no matter how hard commentators seek to graft black-and-white solutions on to intractable problems'

--New Statesman

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2014
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This is an interesting, though long, book which covers the 4 years of Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State. Whilst this is clearly intended to set out Hillary's philosophy of government, and to explain her vision for the United States role around the world in advance of running for President, it is also an interesting account of the demands of high office.

Clinton's belief in the need to compromise to achieve progress is recounted again and again, as is the importance of engagement with all kinds of countries and leaders to seek peace and the development of prosperity through incremental steps.

This does not all make for easy or entertaining reading - it is too much a careful and calculated book for that. On occasion Clinton addresses areas which may be used by her opponents to undermine her probable campaign. For example she uses anecdotes of dealing with a journalist's questions about her husband's opinion, and with keeping the location of Bin Laden totally secret even from Bill, to demonstrate her independance and professionalism. There is not much here, though, that makes for revelation about the inside working of the Obama administration or about Hillary's personal life.

Clinton's dedication to human rights, and in particular to women's rights and the rights of LGBT people, is made clear throughout, and is her belief in the value of the use of American influence through aid, cultural and educational exchange, and of the need to use what she calls 'smart power' to achieve objectives.

It is all a bit dry though, and it look me an unusually long time to read, even although i found the subject matter interesting, and her philosophy of government to be intelligent and persuasive
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor H on 12 Jan. 2015
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Phew! FINALLY finished it - around 3 months worth of reading on my commute to and from work.

Despite it's length, it did hold my attention. It was interesting to read a personal point of view behind America's foreign policy, and her writing style is clear and easy to follow. Her personality shines through in her writing, and her account of being in the minority (being a woman) on the world stage and the experiences this brings made me warm to her considerably.

I was impressed that only four or five sections in the book made me want to throw up with the hypocrisy - I remember one particular passage about America putting supporting democracy in other nations states above their own interests... this is quite laughable considering some of the events she describes in the book which seem to contradict the statement.

A good read if you can last, and an interesting window into the foreign diplomacy of one of the world's big players - particularly with regard to China.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
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With 'Hard Choices' written by Hillary Clinton contrary to some other reviewers wrote I'm sure Hillary made a certain sign that she decided to go for President in the next election.

'Hard Choices' is a memoir that will equally divide the nation on the advocates and opponents, and although I'm often telling in my reviews the book should be judged, not those who write them, in this case I have to say that this book was a more or less big disappointment.

On the positive side it cannot be denied that this work is written in good style, while Hillary in same time does not want to be too provocative, yet strives to intrigue the reader, but the reader after closing last of its 600 pages will wonder what added value this book offers, and what new we can learn from it that is already not known.

Therefore I think one does not need to bother whether you are democratic pro or Republican contra, but to be honest and say that this book simply does nothing to justify the overwhelming publicity that has been created around it. It's fully fair to say that 'Hard Choices' doesn't live up to the expectations that were created its release, but as I said in the beginning I'm certain that the future months will prove Clinton with its book unofficially announced her candidacy as a biographical book is always a great „litmus paper“ for such things.

Inside reader will find her story about the most important events which marked her four-year time spent on position of Secretary of State, divided in six parts marked by some common denominator, such as part where she discuss time she spent in Asian countries, war in the Middle East or part about the revolutions that marked few last years in Africa and Asia.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful By RAarka on 2 July 2014
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Despite some reviews, I bought it. I was interested in her as she's served so long, and been a woman in a powerful position. I felt any review on here could have been politically motivated - mine is not. I simply am a working class woman all my life, now trying to reinvent myself. I didn't expect her, given it being so recent to divulge state secrets, I expected it to be somewhat careful, but I still have been impressed. Even if much had already been publicized, it puts it in a chronology and cohesive manner. You simply have to appreciate all she has done, whether you agree with all the politics of her or not. You also have to appreciate how much she traveled, and given of her life to be in such a HARSH limelight and stop 100% demonizing her and everyone else in politics; to totally condemn someone like that is not a clear perception. I think she writes of decision making and the responsibility faced, and one can learn from that - especially women. I have learned how delicate it is and how pragmatic you must be to juggle things - they are not always clear cut and it usually takes concessions on all sides to make something work.
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