COMING NEXT: a new book focused on the Middle East.
A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
The first inside account Published about Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, anchored by Kim Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America’s place in the world
Ghattas uses her storytelling skills to blend her account of Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, with her exploration of American power and her own tale as a war child into an accessible read for a wide audience.
The Secretary will appeal equally to avid readers of world news, international affairs students, foreign policy experts and of course, anyone who wants to know more about Hillary Clinton.
The Secretary draws on interviews with Clinton, her staff, and major figures in the U.S. and around the world and presents a close-up look at Clinton's style of diplomacy while she handled the relationship with Asia, the Arab uprisings or the crisis spurred by the diplomatic cables revealed by WikiLeaks. Ghattas also offers a glimpse of the personal side of Clinton, cajoling and charming but remaining firm on U.S. positions while working to redefine the exercise of American power and cheerfully boarding a plane at 3 a.m.
Ghattas also presents a rich portrait of the different perspectives on U.S. power and influence around the world as well as her own personal experiences and misgivings about America while seeking to answer pivotal questions about the United States. Is America still the global superpower? If not, who or what will replace it, and what will it mean for America and the world?
The paperback edition comes with a new afterword that discusses the killing in Benghazi of the American ambassador Chris Stevens; the impact of the Arab uprisings on Clinton’s legacy and ends with a hint about what a Clinton campaign might look like. The Secretary was translated into Dutch, Korean and Chinese.