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- Listening Length: 26 hours and 55 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Jun. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KRJJUVO
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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.
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
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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Excellent, intelligent and insightful. Lovely anecdotes mixed with more serious political commentary. Really made me think. Definitely worth reading. Loved it!Published 2 months ago by Hayley
Love her. Definitely worth a read as a responsible citizen of any modern democracy. Instead of slamming politicians who essentially are public servants & painting them with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great insights into her time as Secretary of State. Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in American politics.Published 3 months ago by intrepid85
Really enjoyed reading this book. Interesting look into world politics. In my opinion, she would have made an excellent president!Published 4 months ago by Shane Hooper
As far as I can tel this is just full of lies and untruths, just ask the relatves of those who died after she refused them support. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. C. Webb