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Hard Choices: A Memoir by [Clinton, Hillary Rodham]
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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 "

"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 "

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 ""

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 ""

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 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 "

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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 67THSECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW OF THE FUTURE, INCLUDING A NEW EPILOGUE. 'All of us face hard choices in our lives,' Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the centre 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 Unites States Senate. To her surprise, her formal 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, travelled 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 girls, 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 masterclass 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 99198 KB
  • Print Length: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FHZKSWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
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Excellent, intelligent and insightful. Lovely anecdotes mixed with more serious political commentary. Really made me think. Definitely worth reading. Loved it!
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I loved this worldwide explanation of Hilary Clinton's political behaviours. The author really comes through with current issues. It's rad.
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bought as a present. they love it
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In Hard Choices, Hillary documents her time as Secretary of State and this was a great way to get a behind the scenes look at not just at the scope of this powerful role but also at some of more recent historic events - the finding of Osama bin Laden, the rise of Arab Spring, the leadership pas de deux of Vladimir Putin and Andre Medvedev in Russia just to name a few. She writes well and accessibly and apart from having to keep my wits about me with all of the different names, this was an easier read than I expected it to be.

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.
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Great thanks 👍
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enjoyed reading the FRM sec of states tenure
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CV for her next job. struck me that each chapter was about ticking a box. Interesting. Now about to read (sorry I mean look at the pictures) of Mr Trump as he doesn't really strike me as a guy who can really string his own sentence together.
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