Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Book - 2014
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Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476751443
1476751447
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 973.929 CLINTON 2014
Characteristics: xii, 635 pages, 48 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm

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Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.

The former Secretary of State's latest memoir.


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AQUILEA777
Feb 22, 2017

Hillary lists her accomplishments.
--- She ordered the theft of UN messages and trained 5000 "activists" to destabilize foreign governments. She upholds US bombing because "America was not seeking dominance."
Pakistan's objections to droning its villagers were "temper tantrums".
--- She blames Putin for resisting US control of Ukraine and demolition of Syria. Putin uses our invasions as an excuse for military upgrades. We own the Muslim Near East, but Russia should stay out of Russian-populated Crimea. Russia's demand for payment for its natural gas amounts to blackmail.
--- Hillary claims that she, not Sarkozy, led the campaign against Gaddafi (and thus deserves credit for wrecking Libya and turning it over to terrorists). She still blames a video for the Benghazi disaster. Our slain ambassador was foolish to go there. Hillary was heroic in the crisis.
--- She blames Assad for withstanding US-backed terrorists. His poison gas reserve was a serious threat to America. She ignores our own gas arsenal. Hillary urged Obama to invade Syria, but he refused. She was tougher.
--- She upholds the Saudis, who enslave women, and condemns Assad, who maintains their freedom. She denounces peaceful Iranian nuclear development, but upholds Israel's large nuke hoard. She denounces human rights violations, but supports Israel's oppression of Palestinians. She says Latin America was held back by Soviet meddling -- not by two centuries of US conquest, subversion, and exploitation.
--- She condemns dehumanization, but dehumanizes fetuses.
--- She would protect Black wages by admitting millions of new illegal workers.
--- She supports both religious freedom and forced participation in gay weddings. She filled the State Dept with gays, and pressured Muslim leaders to spread sodomy in their countries. At a meeting, Hillary and Admiral Harris urged Russian officials to have gays in their military; she was offended when the Russians asked if Admiral Harris was gay.
--- She denounces Manning and Snowden. We must steal foreign secrets, while concealing ours. She touts her cyber insight. (Later she would plead ignorance of classified email rules.)
--- Hillary confirms the Clinton family motto: Better to get caught trying than not to try at all.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 08, 2016

The hardest choice Hillary ever had to face was what flavor of cake to eat. The good thing about this book however is if you run out of toilet paper you could always use the torn pages from this book....
... But then again you might get symptoms of poison ivy.

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kevinlarkin1986
May 03, 2016

Something as easy as telling people only one of her grandparents was an immigrant and she had to lie to us and say all four were. I want to read her Wall Street speeches.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 05, 2016

Whatta joke. Hillary is a joke and America will be doomed if we elect her. Like come on, do you really wanna elect a Commander and Chief thats under a full on FBI investigation for doing illegal things? Wow, sad. Hillary does one thing really, really good tho. She is a excellent liar.

serob Feb 02, 2016

Since Mrs. Clinton is a moderate conservative with Wall Street ties and support, I'm surprised at the negative criticism from those in the conservative camp.

JRock15 Dec 14, 2015

Shouldn't this book be a work of fiction?

jrayjedi Dec 14, 2015

Yeah, real hard choices like whether to let some Americans live or not (Bengazi). Or whether to turn over atomic secrets to Communist China. Or whether to send CLASSIFIED INFO over a private email server. C'mon people!
The hard choice of whether to run for president or not must not have been that hard, because she is obviously running NOW! So much for being satisfied with working at her family's foundation. Who actually thought she would be satisfied with that? HA! Hats off to stargladiator on this one.
I agree with trunk-monkey- a work of fiction is just about everything she says really.

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browniemantp
Jun 14, 2015

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gloryb
Dec 17, 2014

This memoir gave me an insight into the role of the US Secretary of State. Clinton describes this role from the day she was offered the position to her retirement. She allows 1 long chapter to each country she visited, often describing how she arrived in the middle of a diplomatic problem. She starts with her visit to the Asian countries and ends with the Middle East countries. Seems she attended many dinners and got to know the characteristics of the leaders of many countries during these years. When she ends her book, I had the feeling she would not run for the position of President of US. She mentions how much she enjoyed being the SOS as there was no partisan politics involved and her concern for the plight of women in the countries she had visited. Sounded to me like she would pursue this interest in the future through the Clinton foundation. I picked and chose the chapters to read which interested me as I had little time to read all the chapters and I could not renew the book. Perhaps a book to pick up again.

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rpavlacic
Nov 09, 2014

A well written first person account of Hillary Clinton's time at the toughest job in the US Cabinet - Secretary of State, or as it's known in Washington, Foggy Bottom. Provides an incisive look at some of her toughest challenges, from the Benghazi nightmare to facing off against Joseph Kony of the Lord's Resistance Army to confronting Iran and its well documented WMD program. Among other things she also addresses the issues of human rights and internet freedom, and the challenges faced by the Wikileaks affair. The "hard choices" she refers to are not only deciding what to do in a crisis acting as Obama's de facto deputy, but the choices enemy states face in whether to move forward or backward. The question that is left open is whether she will chance another run at President or if she's satisfied to work at her family's foundation. But there can be no doubt she managed to put aside the "pantsuit" question and proved she was a very forceful and dedicated aide to her political rival while not afraid to speak up her own mind at the same time.

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