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The Secretary: A Journey With Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power (Hardcover)

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Kim Ghattas has been the BBC's State Department radio and TV correspondent since 2008 and travels regularly with the secretary of state. She was previously a Middle East correspondent for the BBC and theFinancial Times, based in Beirut. Ghattas was part of an Emmy Award-winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. Her work has also been published inTime magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post and she appears regularly as a guest on NPR radio shows. She was born in Beirut and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world

In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world--and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton inThe Secretary.

With the perspective of one who is both an insider and an outsider, Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Clinton, administration officials, and players in Washington as well as overseas, to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Filled with fresh insights, The Secretary provides a captivating analysis of Clinton's brand of diplomacy and the Obama administration's efforts to redefine American power in the twenty-first century.

Populated with a cast of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the story of Clinton's transformation from popular but polarizing politician to America's envoy to the world in compelling detail and with all the tension of high stakes diplomacy. From her evolving relationship with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her plane at 3 a.m. after no sleep, reading the riot act to the Chinese, and going through her diplomatic checklist before signing on to war in Libya--all the while trying to restore American leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Viewed through Ghattas's vantage point as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up in the crossfire of the Lebanese civil war,The Secretary is also the author's own journey as she seeks to answer the questions that haunted her childhood. How powerful is America really? And, if it is in decline, who or what will replace it and what will it mean for America and the world?


ISBN 9780805095111
Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
Format Hardcover
Pages 357
Publisher Date 2013-03-05 00:00:00.0
Publisher Times Books
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.75 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 1.3 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Journey With Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
Audience General/trade
Authors Ghattas, Kim

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  • The Secretary... journey with Hillary Clinton

    I enjoyed this book....... it gives you a good impression of the bad aspects of politics... it's no wonder the woman was exhausted at the end of her rein. She did an excellent job of being Secretary of State and I don't know how she kept up the pace and her sense of humor.

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