Hard Choices

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Hard Choices
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
Branch Call Number: B-CL618hc 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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Dec 17, 2014
  • gloryb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 09, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 22, 2014
  • JMFlaherty rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of those hard choices is whether or not to give arms. military weapons, to questionable, quirky people we don't know a bleeping thing about. And apparently they usually get them.

From my view, Hillary Clinton is trapped in a very sticky situation. She must continue on with what the abominable Reagan and Bushes started......or look like she's going against her country if she doesn't.

I cannot picture what this world is going to be like in 10 years. When are the wars ever going to stop?

Jul 14, 2014

Shouldn't this book be a work of Fiction?

Jun 27, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Hillary Clinton tells us she and Bill were poor when the left the White House and moved into a mansion in the state of New York, complete with a maid. [That is poor?] She neglects to mention her neocon appointments at State, such as Marc Grossman and Victoria Nuland, nor does Hillary take any responsibility for the overthrow of President Zelaya of Honduras which [at least in part, if not completely] financed by the MCC, which Hillary chaired. Hillary neglects to mention her anti-worker biases, as in her support of the Indian jobs offshoring outfit, the Tata Consultancy [which was a donor of hers] and a host of other votes as senator against American workers. As a real democrat, I found Clinton anything but!


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