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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  14,313 ratings  ·  1,242 reviews
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 ma
Hardcover, 788 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Simon Schuster (first published June 10th 2013)
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Jessica I read it as part of a book club, and so did the ten other people in the group. Long, but interesting all the way through if you're interested in dipl…moreI read it as part of a book club, and so did the ten other people in the group. Long, but interesting all the way through if you're interested in diplomacy.(less)

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Noreen Sugrue
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have about 100 pages left to read. It is very well written and even funny in places. It is really the story of democracy, how hard it is, and how worthwhile it is to make it work. Clinton uses her 4 years in the cabinet as data for telling the story of the difference between governing and posturing. She uses situations that are fresh in our minds to lift the veil on the 'sausage making of foreign policy'. She also illustrates how diversity of experiences, gender, race, religion, and ethnicity ...more
Dan Leyzberg
Jun 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I guess if you're running for President and you write a book, it gets vetted a lot. Every sentence here is rather stilted and awkward. The whole book reads like a resume: I did this great thing over here, then I went over there and I did this other great thing. Hillary apparently loved loved loved everyone she's ever worked with and is just kicking ass all the time.

I wanted more drama! I wanted to know her real opinions on things! I guess I shouldn't have expected that from someone whose every w
Lynne Spreen
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a long review. If you want the Readers' Digest version, skip to the last couple of paragraphs for the essence of the book.

I read one hundred pages the first night. It was more interesting than I expected. I enjoyed reading about her travels, the difficult and complex situations that arose in the world and the challenges to resolve those issues when the Obama White House said fix it.

I also enjoyed the occasional stories with more of a personal touch - her love for her mother; her walks wi
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Let me begin by what everyone is looking for. Clinton is undecided whether she will run for president in 2016. She has not come to the point of taking the decision, and she has not decided yet.

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton is a memoir that you can’t avoid. It is almost everywhere. It is well-written and readable but not as explosive as expected. History will not judge her on the basis of this engaging memoir but on the basis of the works and deals executed and concluded during her tenur
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like her or not; politics aside: you cannot read this without having an appreciation for the complexity of geo-politics in a post 9/11 world. And, you can't help but acknowledge that HRC is as knowledgeable as anyone on the horizon when it comes to the conditions and players across the globe. Read it. You'll learn a lot. ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time. Lots of propaganda and lies. Hillary is clearly running for President but may be less qualified than the one we have now. But "what difference does it make?" ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of the Clinton. I want to start out by saying that. Though I identify as Independent, I tend to vote Democrat. I say all this because I don't want you to think what I'm about to say in this review is politically motivated. Having said that:
This book is practically unreadable.
I love to read, and I've been plugging away at this thing since the day it was published, and I only managed to make it to page 415. That's when I finally had to be honest with myself and say that, while I wa
Clinton sets herself up to be compared with Dean Acheson by recalling his Pulitzer Prize-winning book at the outset. But her title echoes Cyrus Vance, Secretary of State during the Carter administration. What she is doing is tracing the thread of American foreign policy through the administrations of Democratic presidents to show the continuity of political thinking and foreign involvment. One must remember that Acheson wrote at a time when faith in government was at an all-time high, and many f ...more
R.l. Bailey
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Review by R.L. Bailey
A Biography
5/5 angel wings

A caveat…I love Hillary Clinton and I have since she was nothing more than the wife of a man wanting to be President, so it was with great glee that her newest book finally hit the shelves. Let me say right from the get go, if you aren’t a fan of Mrs. Clinton, this book won’t change your mind.
The book starts on June 5, 2008, with Hillary on her way to a secret meeting with then candidate, Barack Obama
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Hillary Clinton tells about her time as Secretary of State. I had read “The Secretary” by Kim Ghattas and “HRC” by Jonathan Allan and Amie Parnes which covered the same topic. The interesting part of the book for me was her side comments such as her discussion about William Seward; I read his biography last year. He also was a senator from New York who lost his Presidential nomination and then faithfully served Lincoln, the man who beat him, as Secretary of State. She frequently quot ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable woman! I admire her so much!
Jun 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yes, Hillary is running for president. You don't get a publisher to waste $14 million publishing a book by a non-candidate. The problem with the idea of purchasing this book is that Hillary has not been candid about any scandal in the past, so there is little reason to believe that anything has changed this time around. I would advise reading independent sources to determine the truth about the various scandals, especially Benghazi. After all, I continuously ask people, "What are Hillary's accom ...more

We'll see, in 2016

15th June 2014.

21st September 2014

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton to launch 2016 campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa
in The Guardian, Friday 10 April 2015

(in The Economist)

(in The Economist)

(in The Economist)

(in The Economist, a propos the 13th October debate)

(how many sixes do you count?...and how many nines??)

Hillary's strategy to defeat Isis:
✓Defeat Isis in Syria & Iraq
✓Disrupt & dismantle terrorist infrastructure
✓Harden our defenses
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss." ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I would recommend simply reading a few picture captions before reshelfing this title. Everything in this book is carefully worded for self importance. It is all about Billary.
She never "goes to see a diplomat" but rather the "diplomat is with me." Even when she is in that host's country.

When you pay attention to how things are worded for self importance, it almost comes off as juvenile. It is hick storytelling with all the belly-scratching and jowl flapping. "What difference does it make?"

In a
Steven Z.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

When Hillary Clinton launched her recent book tour promoting her memoir of her State Department tenure the political pundits concluded that this was the launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. While that may be accurate the book, HARD CHOICES should be evaluated as to whether it provides greater understanding of American foreign policy during the first Obama administration. The answer lies somewhere in the middle. The book has many components. It is Clinton’s attempt to justify the course of a
Henna Pääkkönen
Hard Choices indeed. The title of this book is perfect. It´s not easy being the US Secretary of State. It is one tough and strenuous job trying to be the policeman of the world, and regardless of the political party represented, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the holder of this position. I am not a democrat, but I admire Hillary and respect her, as one hell of a courageous lady. In her own words, “Inevitably, making policy is always a balancing act. Hopefully we get it more right t ...more
Br. Thanasi (Thomas) Stama
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent accounting of Hillary Clinton's years as Secretary of State. Between her years as First Lady, her years as US Senator from New York and her four years as Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton is better prepared to be president of the United States of America than any of the previous presidents in the last 30 years! ...more
Aimee Habibullah
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this memoir of her life as Secretary of State. Found it a fascinating account of the corridors of power. Many banalaties could have been avoided ( one must expect that from politicians) but that said, they didn't stop me from completing the book. ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking, Brilliant, Overwhelming, yet relatable and respected....... Loved this book.....
Rob Caldarera
May 27, 2014 marked it as to-read
Definitely going to read!
Aoife Lennon
I greatly admire Hillary Clinton. The final chapter in the book about human rights has only increased my admiration. I'm looking forward to reading her autobiography Living History. ...more
Jan 31, 2017 marked it as unfinished-business  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book is fascinating but I can't read it right now. All that calm, well-reasoned statecraft makes me cry. ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an audiobook unabridged listen of the entire book. Hillary Clinton was the narrator for the beginning and Kathleen Chalfant was the narrator for the remainder of the book. I thought it would have been nice for Ms. Clinton to have narrated the entire book but it is a long one. At first you do not realize that the transition has occurred because the tonal quality of Kathleen's reading voice is quite similar to Hillary's.

I think the major difference between the George W. book about his Dad
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clinton offers a highly interesting and thoroughly thought-provoking book, which lays out her time as Secretary of State for the United States, from 2009-2013. Within these many pages, Clinton touches on some poignant issues and gives some wonderful, behind-the-scene looks into life of the country's key face around the world. Defying the odds and turning what many would likely call a policy-heavy job and personalising it with wonderful stories and historical background to allow the reader a bett ...more
Rylee Richard
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
I love Hillary––truly. But this was purely a learning experience for me. It made me feel accomplished by the end because I had to work to get through it. There's a ton of great information in here about her life, and she's quite a fierce woman in my opinion, but it's not addicting. It won't grab you and pull you in. The language can be a bit formal and stiff. But I'm still very happy that I read it, because a lot of what I read is too self-indulgent. In a food analogy, this book would be a salad ...more
Antoinette Perez
The first thing you may notice, holding this book in your hand, is that it is comprised of many pages. Well over 600. About 600 if you don't count the lengthy index. It is a memoir, as noted in small print on the cover, of Hillary Clinton's 4 years as our U.S. Secretary of State. Although it is certainly written from her singular perspective, and includes very touching and sometimes humorous personal anecdotes, the framework is comprised of world events during those 4 years, and thus, is very de ...more
Carol N
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a finely crafted book on her foreign policy successes and failures during her time as Secretary of State for the first four years of the Obama’s presidency. Reads more as a diary than a book, is filled with a richly detailed chronicle of her role in the foreign initiatives that defined Obama’s first term of office. Her tone is calm and well measured ensuring her reputation as a strong diplomat. Having traveled to more than 112 countries on America’s behalf through out this long narrative ...more
Maailah Blackwood
Wow- I was already a big Hillary Clinton supporter prior to reading this, after reading I’m an even bigger fan. One of the best Secretary of State in America’s history! My primary thought while reading this was “wow, I wish I were a Clinton staffter!”
Claudia Putnam
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even if all you read is one chapter of your choice, you will know more about the world and the way strategists approach it than you did before.

The style is clunky, kind of blunt and square, like Clinton herself, but it's perfectly clear. I appreciated that she took the time to explain the historical and geopolitical context of each country she discussed. While there's the expected amount of posturing and "I am amazing" in this book, Clinton comes across as a good detector and deployer of talent
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) was the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to win a major party's presidential nomination, and the first woman to win the popular vote in a presidential race - despite losing the election.

She was a Senator from the state of New York from 200

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