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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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This book is a very interesting read. It does not matter is you like or hate Hillary Clinton she is one smart, strong woman. She trully believe the United States of America is the best country in the world. Her comments on other countries and leaders are not mean but you can see they are made because of her beliefs in the American Way being the only way. She is not a lady I would want to make an enemy of. When she refers to her family you can she is very much a proud of her daughter. Also you see no matter what your views of Bill Clinton are that they are a team and they do love and have an total understanding of each other. I personally enjoyed the book. If she ever became the President of the US I think she would be very strong one.
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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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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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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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