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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former first lady and US senator and America’s 67th secretary of state, recounts her eventful tenure as the nation’s top diplomat. She describes the challenges and choices she faced while applying US “smart power” around the world. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the intricacies and frustrations of international relations – and for America’s career diplomats, who toil without recognition, often in danger. Clinton writes at greater length than necessary, but each chapter is neatly contained; you can selectively read those of greatest interest to you. Though always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends the insights of this ultimate insider on energy and international trade to businesspeople, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and NGOs, and her discussions of Iran, Russia, Syria and Gaza to anyone who follows the news. As to the burning question about whether Clinton’s memoir is a prelude to her potential presidential run – well, it couldn’t hurt.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton worked to apply US “smart power” in challenging situations worldwide, and
  • What problems she believes the US and the international community must handle in the future.
 

About the Author

Former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton was America’s first lady from 1993 to 2001 and served as senator from New York from 2001 to 2009.

 

Summary

“Pivot to Asia”

After battling then New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as his primary rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, US president-elect Barack Obama asked her to serve as his secretary of state. Clinton accepted, with the goal of applying “smart power” to international relations: a new, consolidated view of the “‘hard power’ of military force” plus the “soft power” of diplomacy.


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    Claire Dugmore 4 years ago
    Great book to get an understanding of Hilary Clinton's impact on world issues
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    Marc God 4 years ago
    Great book when you are looking for an update on international affairs.