The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

By Kim Ghattas

THE FIRST inside of ACCOUNT TO BE released approximately HILLARY CLINTON'S TIME AS SECRETARY OF kingdom, ANCHORED through GHATTAS'S personal viewpoint AND HER QUEST to appreciate AMERICA'S position on the earth.

In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to paintings for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of kingdom, she got down to fix America's photograph round the world―and her personal. For the subsequent 4 years, BBC overseas correspondent Kim Ghattas had unprecedented entry to Clinton and her entourage, and she or he weaves a fast paced, gripping account of existence at the street with Clinton in The Secretary.

With the point of view of 1 who's either an insider and an interloper, Ghattas attracts on broad interviews with Clinton, management officers, and gamers in Washington in addition to out of the country, to color an intimate and candid portrait of 1 of the main robust worldwide politicians. packed with clean insights, The Secretary offers a charming research of Clinton's model of international relations and the Obama administration's efforts to redefine American energy within the twenty-first century.

Populated with a solid of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the tale of Clinton's transformation from well known yet polarizing baby-kisser to America's envoy to the area in compelling aspect and with all of the pressure of excessive stakes international relations. From her evolving courting with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her airplane at three a.m. after no sleep, studying the rebel act to the chinese language, and dealing with her diplomatic record prior to signing directly to warfare in Libya―all the whereas attempting to fix American management in a swiftly altering world.

Viewed via Ghattas's vantage aspect as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up within the crossfire of the Lebanese civil struggle, The Secretary is usually the author's personal trip as she seeks to respond to the questions that haunted her formative years. How strong is the USA particularly? And, whether it is in decline, who or what's going to change it and what is going to it suggest for the US and the world?

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