“Hard Choices”

In June, Hillary Clinton published “Hard Choices,” referred to by many as “the book of the summer.” Clinton is widely expected to run for the presidency in 2016, making her book a must-read for anyone interested in knowing more about the potential candidate.

The book mainly details Clinton’s work during the Obama years. Clinton starts her story just after she had lost the election for Democratic nominee in the 2008 presidential election. She describes trying to move on from her own loss to supporting Barack Obama, the man who had just been her rival.

Clinton’s book does not reveal much about her personal life and instead focuses on her work as the Secretary of State as well as the different issues she faced. She is thorough in detailing her work— Clinton mentions 105 of the countries she visited while serving as Secretary of State and discusses several of the trips in-depth, covering many regions of the world. The book is divided into sections based on region and chronology, and finishes with her discussion of her overall goals related to everything from climate change to human rights.

“The Guardian” calls “Hard Choices” a “long, exhausting, faintly robotic but ultimately impressive book.” It is thorough rather than revealing, a political book rather than an autobiography. Clinton never completely confirms whether she plans to run for the presidency in 2016, but it has given her publicity which will be useful if she does choose to run. If nothing else, the book’s publication at this time is an indication that Hillary Clinton is not planning on end- ing her political career anytime soon.