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Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called Hard Choices, a title that reflects how the potential 2016 Presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign.

Publisher Simon & Schuster said the new book, to be released June 10, will offer Clinton’s “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges” she faced as secretary of state and “how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. “Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.”

Clinton’s State Department memoir will hit bookshelves as the former first lady and New York senator sits atop polls about hypothetical candidates as the leading Democratic contender should she seek the presidency.

Since leaving the State Department, Clinton has traveled widely, giving speeches to industry groups, college students and others while joining the foundation led by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton’s potential candidacy has been eagerly anticipated by Democrats, who frequently ask Clinton about her intentions and encourage her to try to become the nation’s first female president. A series of Democratic outside groups is already building support for a future campaign, and Republicans are actively critiquing her record.

Republicans have criticized Clinton’s response to the killing of four Americans in the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and questioned her handling of relations with Russia.

In 2009, Clinton memorably gave Russia’s top diplomat a red button labeled, “reset,” to symbolize how U.S. relations had thawed, but the button was mistranslated into Russian. In the aftermath of Russia’s bold annexation of Ukraine’s strategic Crimean peninsula, Republicans have suggested it represented a naivete.

Simon & Schuster said on a website promoting the book that Clinton and Obama “had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East.”

“Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm’s way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden,” the publisher said.

The book will chronicle Clinton’s travel to 112 countries and nearly one million miles as secretary of state and “offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth and LGBT people.”

Clinton will also “offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world — one in which America remains the indispensable nation.”

Clinton is already a publishing powerhouse: Her 2003 memoir, Living History, sold more than a million copies, and her new book’s release is expected to include a publicity tour with stops around the country. The new book is expected to play an important role in shaping her legacy and setting up a White House bid if she chooses to run.

(KEN THOMAS)

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