Book Review: Hard Choices

hardchoicesRead for: My general interest in Hilldog


I’ll start this off by saying I’m not American. Nor do I really care about American politics beyond the fact that sometimes what they do has repercussions for my country (Canader, eh?), but I have always been intrigued by Hillary. She has really broken into the boys club that is American politics and policy makers, and has worked hard to bring otherwise ignored issues like women’s rights into the foreground. For this, I think Hillary is great. Do I think this memoir was great? Not particularly, but we can probably blame that on the fact that I wasn’t sure what to expect. I realize when a politician writes a memoir it’s going to be about politics and not their personal lives, which I appreciate in Hillary’s case because we are all sick of mocking her private and personal struggles, oui? But I didn’t realize just how much about politics it would be. The memoir basically covers Hilldog’s defeat during the 2008 presidential run and how, instead of returning to New York as she had anticipated, her rival Obama invited her to be his Secretary of State. She accepted and became the first former First Lady to become Secretary of State, and only the 3rd woman in history to hold the position. She was preceded by Condoleezza Rice, who was also the first African American woman to hold the position. Interestingly, Madeliene Albright, who was the first woman to be Secretary of State, was nominated by Bill Clinton. Those progressive Clintons!

Hillary is a very educated, intelligent and patriotic woman, all of which is very obvious in this memoir which largely outlines her experiences during her term as Secretary of State. I’m very interested in Hillary’s stance on empowering women everywhere, whether it be closing the wage gap, or encouraging access to education for girls. I was hoping for more of this topic in Hard Choices, but Hillary covered a very, very wide range of topics instead, including women’s rights, but also about a bazillion other world issues. These are all intriguing topics in their own right, and Hillary’s knowledge of the world and all minor and major issues within it is certainly expansive, but… come on… it was at times pretty friggin’ boring. It was also incredibly RAH RAH AMERICAH and I can’t necessarily take joy in reading about the various things America has done in/to our world. Sorry Hilldog!! That being said, I still find Hillary fascinating and I would fully support her during her potential run for President in 2016. A WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT DOOOO IT. It’s time! Unfortunately I am up north in Harperville (sigh) and don’t get a say in Hillary for President.


  1. I still don’t think it covers enough about her work for women’s rights, but her older book, Living History, is probably more of what you were looking for. Less specific politics, I would imagine, since she had only been First Lady at that point. And you read about her life before the White House, too, which was interesting.

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