am 19. November 2014
With 'Hard Choices' written by Hillary Clinton contrary to some other reviewers wrote I'm sure Hillary made a certain sign that she decided to go for President in the next election.
'Hard Choices' is a memoir that will equally divide the nation on the advocates and opponents, and although I'm often telling in my reviews the book should be judged, not those who write them, in this case I have to say that this book was a more or less big disappointment.
On the positive side it cannot be denied that this work is written in good style, while Hillary in same time does not want to be too provocative, yet strives to intrigue the reader, but the reader after closing last of its 600 pages will wonder what added value this book offers, and what new we can learn from it that is already not known.
Therefore I think one does not need to bother whether you are democratic pro or Republican contra, but to be honest and say that this book simply does nothing to justify the overwhelming publicity that has been created around it. It's fully fair to say that 'Hard Choices' doesn't live up to the expectations that were created its release, but as I said in the beginning I'm certain that the future months will prove Clinton with its book unofficially announced her candidacy as a biographical book is always a great 'litmus paper' for such things.
Inside reader will find her story about the most important events which marked her four-year time spent on position of Secretary of State, divided in six parts marked by some common denominator, such as part where she discuss time she spent in Asian countries, war in the Middle East or part about the revolutions that marked few last years in Africa and Asia.
Although it is certain that the majority of people will have their opinion about the book when they see its cover, but still if you decide to read it I guess you'll feel just as I do now ' the book is not bad, but does not offer anything particularly new and valuable due to which it would be worth to especially recommend its reading.
am 22. Juli 2014
I wish I had read the earlier comments on this book - it would have saved time spent ploughing through several chapters, hoping it would get better... it does not. I learned nothing from this book - either about how Clinton thinks and works, about global affairs, americas role, politics...nothing. What a disappointment especially if I compare this book with Obamas writings which I really enjoyed reading.
One talent shone through - Clinton fills chapter after chapter with platitudes, sentences which say nothing at all, tired reaffirmations of americas central role in all that is good in the world - brokering peace, bringing prosperity and so on....it takes much restraint to read and not react.
My recommendation: turn to much finer political biographies and avoid this book.