The Secretary

The Secretary

A Journey With Hillary Clinton From Beirut to the Heart of American Power

Book - 2013
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Drawing on interviews with Clinton, administration officials, and other Washington insiders, a foreign correspondent presents the story of Hillary Clinton as America's envoy to the world.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805095111
Characteristics: x, 357 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Jan 12, 2014

The incredibly tightly controlled US CoporateMedia*** doesn't convey to people that HRC is presently under multiple FBI investigations; that one of her earlier appointees, Robin Raphel, is under investigation for espionage; that her appointment - - while SecState - - of Marc Grossman, fits into this pattern, as he was not only an inner Bush circle guy, but was mentioned by Sibil Edmonds as being involved in the sale of nuclear secrets!
Far better, and more enlightening, to read those WikiLeaked US State Department cables to understand the real machinations.
***The top 100 newspapers and the top five media companies all have the same four major shareholders: Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity.

May 27, 2013

An insightful look at how American foreign policy is enacted and the many strands that have to be considered before implementation. Presents a look behind the scenes of a journalist who grew up in a war-torn country and how that has impacted on her view of the world. Excellent writing with a non-preachy view of how American foreign policy is so often misunderstood.

Apr 06, 2013

This is an interesting book written by a BBC journalist who covers the State Department. The author is Lebanese and presents a unique personal perspective on Middle East issues. Although press are not allowed in the meetings that the Secretary of State conducts around the world, Kim Ghattas was part of the press corps that accompanied Clinton wherever she travelled. The book gives a good general analysis of the almost overwhelming number and variety of world problems confronting Obama and his Secretary of State. Clinton already had good relationships with many foreign leaders and the author believes the Secretary's friendly professionalism endeared her to many leaders. Clinton had a unique priority for a Secretary of State, insisting on meeting with average civilians at almost every stop. She emphasized human rights, and the needs and concerns of women and children while also focusing on America's interests and security. Clinton was an intelligent and voracious consumer of briefing books and other information and prepared extensively before every meeting, even when she had ten in one day.

According to the book, Clinton felt that the real achievement of her years as Secretary of State and of the Obama administration was that working with the United States had once again become desirable. There would still be world leaders who disagreed and criticism was always present no matter what was done. Hillary had already developed a tough skin from her years in the White House and she was unfazed by world leaders or foreign citizens criticizing the US or even herself. She endeavored to look at things from their point of view and thus often understood their frustration and anger. She always did what she could to help. From what was in this book, I believe she is well-prepared to serve as President, should she decide to run.

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