656 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 in
June 10, 2014
Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1476751447
ISBN - 13: 9781476751443
From the Publisher
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 making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.”
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.
By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. 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 readers 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.
About the Author
Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947 - Hillary Diane Rodham was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to Dorothy and Hugh Rodham. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois with her two younger brothers. As a child, she was a Girl Scout and a member of the local Methodist youth group. She attended Wellesley College, beginning in 1965, graduated with honors and enrolled in Yale Law School, which is where she met Bill Clinton. She served on the Board of Editors of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action. In 1973, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund. In 1974, she joined the Impeachment Inquiry staff of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House Representatives to work on the Watergate impeachment proceedings. She then left Washington to go to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton in 1975. They both taught on the law faculty of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In 1980, their daughter Chelsea was born. Hillary was the first lady of Arkansas for twelve years and worked on behalf of children and families. Hillary chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital and introduced a pioneering program called Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool youth, which trains parents to work with their children in preschool preparedness and literacy. Hillary was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983 and Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.
“Clinton goes into deep detail about her work in Asia, Iraq and Afghanistan, Latin America, and other hot spots around the globe. She details her vision for U.S. foreign policy and the role of diplomacy. Along the way, she introduces readers to a who’s who of world leaders and gives insight into the way they think and do business.”