Hard Choices

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 10, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 635 pages
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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 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center 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 United States Senate. To her surprise, her former 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, traveled 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 women, 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 master class 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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User Review  - bowedbookshelf - LibraryThing

Clinton sets herself up to be compared with Dean Acheson by recalling his Pulitzer Prize-winning book at the outset. It is typical of Clinton to set her sights high. One must remember that Acheson ... Read full review

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User Review  - mancmilhist - LibraryThing

I found Hard Choices hard going. I wanted some more depth and detail, which for a potential presidential contender was probably too much to ask. You only get to hear what Hillary wants you to hear ... Read full review

Contents

Team of Rivals
1
Smart Power
20
ACROSS THE PACIFIC
37
The Pivot
39
Uncharted Waters
65
The Dissident
83
The Lady and the Generals
101
WAR AND PEACE
127
Revolution
331
All Necessary Measures
363
Under Attack
382
Sanctions and Secrets
416
A Wicked Problem
447
Anatomy of a Ceasefire
471
THE FUTURE WE WANT
489
Were All in This Together
491

Surge
129
To End a War
150
National Honor
170
BETWEEN HOPE AND HISTORY
203
Ties That Bind
205
Reset and Regression
227
Democrats and Demagogues
246
Guns or Growth?
269
UPHEAVAL
299
The Rocky Path of Peace
301
A Level Playing Field
507
Disaster and Development
527
Digital Diplomacy in a Networked World
545
Unfinished Business
558
Epilogue
591
Acknowledgments
597
Index
601
Photo Credits
633
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About the author (2014)

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party in 2016. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother.