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Hard Choices

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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.

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.

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 listeners 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.

©2014 Hillary Rodham Clinton. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Cynthia
  • 20/07/2014

Senior Stateswoman in need of Editor

I have often wondered what former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was thinking on May 1, 2011 when that famous photo of her, with her hand over her mouth, was taken in the White House Situation Room as she waited for the results of Operation Neptune Spear. I read/listen to just about everything I can get my hands on about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, like Mark Owens and Kevin Maurer's "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden" (2012) and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates "Memoirs of a Secretary at War" (2014). I would have listened to HRC's "Hard Choices" (2014) just for her perspective on that mission, but this book has so much more.

HRC sets forth comprehensive US foreign policy, starting with her husband, Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton, president from 1993 to 2001; George H. Bush, 2001 to 2009; to Barack Obama, 2009 to the present. HRC has been a first hand observer or participant in international politics for more than 20 years, as First Lady; then as a Senator from New York; and then as Secretary of State.

The book is so current, it talks about Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea. HRC's position on Russia is hawkish, and Vladimir Putin should count himself fortunate she isn't president right now. I'm not an up-and-coming or current world leader, or rebel general working on being a dictator, but if I were - and wanted to know where I, or my country stood with the current most-likely-next-president of the United States, I'd find out in "Hard Choices".

If I wanted to know about her husband's infamous dalliance more than 20 years ago, I guess I could read "The National Enquirer" - but I wouldn't waste my I time reading about it and HRC doesn't waste my time writing about it. I would rather know her position on Iran's nuclear enrichment program, Syria's use of chemical weapons, or what might work in patching up international relationships badly damaged by leaks of candid assessments of world leaders in State Department cables. "Hard Choices" talks about those issues, not about whether staying with her husband was a difficult decision.

HRC has a unique view of countries and their leaders. Some nations - for example, China and India - have national feelings and attributes (inferiority and insecurity) that she does not confuse with the beliefs or actions of their leaders. Other very small nations - such as Qatar, with a population about 20% of that of Los Angeles County - are so closely aligned with their leaders, they can't be distinguished. HRC's ability to separate the nutcase in charge from the population as a whole has been key in the Obama administration's arguable successes in various Arab countries.

Which brings me to the editor part: "Hard Choices" is 657 pages in print and 27 hours on Audible. Even with 'a long commute' it took me a while to finish the listen, because, well, I got a mired in the details, and sometimes, I got bored. I had the same problem with Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" (2005). I could have used a Playbill, a world map, and a timeline for both books.

HRC has a great voice, and I would have been happier with her doing the entire narration. She did the introduction, and there's an Easter egg: there's a 15 minute epilogue in her own voice. Kathleen Chalfant is fine, but it's not the same.

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  • Flavio Casoy
  • 10/09/2015

Illuminating

Pros: Secretary Clinton is clearly fiercely intelligent and dominates the international landscape. While this IS a campaign book, the breadth and depth is impressive.

She is candid about her ideological position, even though she is more hawkish than the average democrat.

Throughout there are weak points were there is no substance, just platitudes that sound like they've gone through focus groups.

Glad I listened to this book in its entirety, but I did consider quitting a few times.

The reading and production are excellent.

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  • TerryAnne
  • 15/03/2019

BORING

I got 3/4 through part 1 and couldn't take it anymore. long winded. Full of herself Entirely too arrogant for me. I'm done and returning the book. Funny part was I loved Bill's book and John McCain's Not so much this one.

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  • jack lichtenstein
  • 07/10/2017

A tone deaf politician

Prior to listening to this book I had been a fan of Hillary and voted for her. I could not understand why she was so despised by people I respected. After listening to this book I understand why she is disliked and would never vote for her again, even if she ran again the despised Donald Trump. Why the change?
Her attitude is that she is president of the world,that she wears a cape and can save any situation. There is no event that can be spared her casuistry. A ridiculous incident in which she rescues a blind Chinese dissident who is manipulating both sides for personal gain, is treated as though Hillary saved the world, rather than for the black humor and ridiculous theater she has created.
Which brings up another problem, her complete lack of humor. She takes herself so seriously. And then there is her unabashed arrogance. Her position is always the only right decision. She does not recognize grays or nuances, And finally the fantasy world she lives in. That the United Sates is the bastion of Human rights and civil rights, when in fact we are a failure in both areas and treat our dissidents much more harshly than most other countries. And finally, the fact she and her husband were responsible for the incarceration of over 50% of black males between 15 and 25 while he was president. She should not be lecturing any one on human rights and civil rights. She is what we used to call a limousine liberal. Using others peoples suffering to make herself look goo. Contrast this piece of trash with the excellent biographies of Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, both written with a sense of humility and humor, and alack of arrogance.

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  • Kirill Nadtochiy
  • 11/09/2018

Ehhh, wasted my time.

If you enjoy listening to people brag about themselves, but not in rap form, this is the book for you.

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  • Charles I Allport
  • 07/01/2015

As a Republican turned disillusioned libertarian

I appreciated the narrative quality of the book. It would have been difficult to complete had it simply been intended to posture for political purposes. The narrator was well-composed. The material flows well.

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  • Heizenberg
  • 18/07/2014

An Excellent book on Modern History

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book! It is amazing how much diplomacy goes on that you never hear about. As you read this book you'll learn about world history happening right now, which helps shed light on and add context to current events. Reading this book has given me a much great appreciation for the role of Secretary of State and the critical role that diplomacy plays in our international strategy.

Regardless of your political views, this book is a great read! After reading this book though, I have to say that am very glad to have had Hillary Clinton serve as our Secretary of State and I know that our country has benefited greatly from her contributions.

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  • E. Ard
  • 20/07/2014

A wealth of information

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes.Hillary Clinton expertly runs through an incredible amount of information regarding her actions as Secretary of State and the circumstances surrounding them. In this, the short choppy bylines of our impotent domestic media are elaborated upon and fleshed out, casting light on on both the role of US Diplomacy and the countries that received her in her travels.

What did you like best about this story?

If you want some insight into a likely Presidential contender, this is a good spot. This is not Wolf Blitzer, Bill O'Reilly, or even Dan Rather's take on who Hillary Clinton is or what she's done. It is incredible how humdrum, though not boring, some of these issues can seem in her retelling. It is truly the result of one of the most seasoned political figures in the world being completely and totally in the briar patch, bouncing and happy, where most of us would be petrified by the sheer weight of responsibility.

What about Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s performance did you like?

I preferred Hillary Clinton's voice, but Kathleen Chalfant did an admirable job of retaining as much continuity as possible.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Clinton can show up in China, go on their television, and speak truth to their power-that women's rights are human rights, Tibet deserves freedom, and poverty is out of control. In response the giant of a country can only hope to keep as many people from hearing it as possible. Only words and nukes can be this powerful.

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  • Kait
  • 12/09/2016

Surprisingly candid

What did you love best about Hard Choices?

I bought this book because first, I wasn't sure what a Secretary of State does, and second, everything I knew about Clinton was through the news. This book was such a surprise for me because I don't normally gravitate towards memoirs & bios. It answered questions I had and then some. Diplomacy is, well, vanilla.. but Hard Choices cuts into the core of underlying diplomatic relations and exposes a nerve that I wouldn't even have guessed was there. For someone I perceived as excruciatingly guarded, Clinton delivered a raw look into her time as Secretary of State.

What about Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s performance did you like?

I liked hearing Clinton in the beginning and end, and Kathleen Chalfant's narration had subtle cutting to appropriate warmth that plausibly translated to Clinton herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to audiobooks while I work, and I couldn't wait to start work the next day. I plan on listening to it again in the near future.

Any additional comments?

If you are genuinely curious about Hillary Clinton, I think you will really enjoy this book.

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  • Fullfish
  • 14/09/2014

Decent, but just so long...

I enjoyed this book, but it's long. A couple of the chapters are a bit dry - by the time Syria rolled around it felt a little repetitive. I have more appreciation for how difficult and complex the Secretary of State Job is having read this book.

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  • Matthias
  • 12/04/2020

Staub trocken und langweilig

Wer den Kalender von Hillary Clinton vorgelesen bekommen will und von Namen und einem Datum nach dem nächsten erschlagen werden will, ist hier genau richtig. Wer glaubt Miss Clinton sei langweilig hat noch nicht ihr Buch über Ihren Tagesalltag in übertriebener Präzision gehört. Absolutes Muss, wenn man eine Einschlafhilfe sucht.

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  • abracadabra
  • 07/04/2016

Das Nuch habe ich sofort zurückgegeben.

Maht ein Eindruck einer Mischung von Serienherstellung von Ami Billigspruch Propaganda für Dummies. Nichts besonderes.

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