The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. Viewed through Kim 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?
In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former presidential race 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 and in the air with Clinton in The Secretary.
With the perspective of an insider and an outsider, Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Hillary Clinton, administration officials, and players in Washington as well as overseas. She paints an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. The Secretary provides an 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 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 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. ISBN 9780805095111.
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 the Financial 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 in TIME magazine, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post, and she is regularly interviewed on NPR radio.