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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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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 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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This book is an excellent read with truly fascinating detail, some of which is slightly nail biting, particularly the part of the book concerned with the assassination of Bin Ladin, which as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, along with President Obama had sanctioned.

Hilary Clinton's time as Secretary of State was a turbulent time in the world and this powerful woman steered herself easily through it all, which stands her in good stead to run in the forth coming 2016 Presidential elections in America and hopefully, win and be elected President.

The book is clear, concise and well written, it runs at a gripping pace and in parts, you could be reading a film script for a political thriller.

Overall, it is an excellent American and worldwide PR job and shows Hilary Clinton in the best possible light as the most capable person to be the 45th President of the United States.
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This is a worthwhile read, but not an easy one. i read this to get some insight into what views a potential presidential candidate of 2016 will have on world events. i should have known better. Hilary Clinton carefully avoids leaving any hostages to fortune although you do get a general idea of her views. She is particularly strong on women's issues and the opening up of the developing world to digital technology as a means of empowering ordinary people. I am also impressed by the breadth of work that the US state Department does. For example, the work they do in creating a genuine level playing field in international trade and their intervention in global warming.

I liked the way that she opened each new section of the book with a personal anecdote, that eased you into the issues that were to be dealt with. In short, a worthwhile read which gives a general idea of how the democratic Party views America's role in the world.
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