Hard Choices by Hilary Rodham Clinton documents her time as Secretary of the State working under the Barack Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.
Although the book communicates her personal achievements and also the challenges she faces as a public figure, the book will be enjoyed the most by someone with a strong interest in American politics and international relations. Because of her position in the government the book is very patriotic in nature and often discusses the nuances involved with political strategy in present day America, while also touching on controversial issues such as U.S. foreign policy in China and the Middle East and the comparison of global ideologies.
At the same time the book resonates with the woman who has a strong passion for her career, which is also one of the main reasons why I chose to read the book in the first place. Clinton as a politician makes many bold moves in her political decisions and she often she demonstrates how her choices were difficult to make since they were characterized as different than the usual actions by secretaries of state of the state in the past.
Word to the wise, however make sure you carve yourself out a good chunk of time to read this book, it’s a tough read because of the heavy subject matter and goes past the five hundred page mark—with non-fiction for me personally this is always challenging. I think it’s a book to enjoy at a slower pace, but definitely a book that deserves your time.
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