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Book Review: Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Updated on May 5, 2017
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Deborah Dian, a published author and voracious reader, often shares books with her friends and family. She loves to write reviews!

The Only Woman to Ever Be a First Lady, a Senator, a Secretary of State and a Presidential Nominee for a Major Political Party

This is the official photo of Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.  (Office government photos are in the Public Domain.)
This is the official photo of Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State. (Office government photos are in the Public Domain.) | Source

Hillary Clinton Has Had a Unique Viewpoint of Recent History

Recently, hundreds of residents of Los Angeles, California stood in line for up to seven hours outside a shopping center called The Grove in order to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton and get an autographed copy of her latest book, "Hard Choices."

This book is a biographical review of her four years as Secretary State during the first term of President Barack Obama. She admits that she was surprised when he asked her to serve in this capacity, especially after their hard fought primary election battle in which she had opposed him.

Hilary Clinton's memories of her service as Secretary of State are fascinating. By the time she completed her four years of service, she had traveled nearly a million miles and visited 112 countries, giving her a unique perspective on important issues throughout the world, including poverty, energy innovations and climate change.

Ms. Clinton also discusses the tumultuous events that occurred during President Obama's first term, including winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2012 attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, our relationships with China and North Korea, and the capture of Osama bin Laden.

In her book, she also discusses her viewpoints about human rights, including the empowerment of women and the LGBT community.

Some people have read this detailed book in the hope that they will find a hint regarding whether or not Hilary Clinton plans to run for president in 2016. While the book does not even give a clue regarding her decision, it does help us understand her values and could serve as a detailed resume of her international and foreign affairs experience ... which far exceeds that of any other potential candidate.

While the book is obviously written from her point-of-view of world affairs during Obama's first term as president, it is also a fascinating record of the events that took place during this period of history.

Whether you are a supporter of Hilary Clinton, a historian, or simply interested in the current state of international affairs, you will discover that this book is fascinating to read.

Get Clinton's Book and Read Her Firsthand Account of Her Years as Secretary of State

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This is your opportunity to learn more about Hilary Clinton, in her own words. Later in the article, you can read a book about her, written by another author. This gives you the opportunity to learn more about her.

I thought this book was fascinating. I learned a great deal about Hilary Clinton that I never knew. I hope she will update the book, now that she has also been a presidential candidate.


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Hear more from Hilary Clinton, in her own words. This is another opportunity to hear more about her experiences ... which have been unique.

No other woman in American history has had the opportunity to be involved in world affairs as a First Lady, a Senator and a Secretary of State.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Just thought I would shed some light on this excellent book review. Since Hillary is running for president I would think people would want to know more about her. She has a good chance of winning.

      We'll see if the Republicans have a dark horse. So far it seems every member of the party is running. I can't even count them all, and a new one announces almost everyday!

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I remember all three of those female Secretaries of State and they did commendable jobs. In some ways, I would compare Hillary Clinton to Eleanor Roosevelt because both of them were First Ladies who used their position to bring official recognition to serious economic and political issues, both during the time their husbands were President and afterwards.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      I'm sure this is an interesting book. I can't think of two women better qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.

      Just a note of possible interest to some: Madeleine K. Albright was the first woman to serve as Secretary of State in the U.S. during the Clinton Administration. There have been only three women who have served in this position in the history of the U.S. Ms. Albright was the first followed by Condoleezza Rice during the G.W. Bush Administration, and then Hillary Clinton during the Obama Administration.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks you for your comments from a British point-of-view. I think this book is interesting if, for no other reason, it is a rare first hand account from a Secretary of State about historical events.

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      4 years ago

      Mrs Clinton is in Britain at the moment promoting her book and has been interviewed by British media on a number of occasions. She makes a very strong, positive impression here and has stated that she would like to see a women President of the United States in her lifetime. There is an implicit message that she would like to have this honour for herself. And why not? She has the strength of character, combined with personal charm, to be a very effective leader.


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