April 18th, 2014
07:44 AM ET
4 months ago

Clinton memoir gets a title: 'Hard Choices'

Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much anticipated next memoir will be titled "Hard Choices," the book's publisher announced Friday.

The memoir will be Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges that she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future," according to a release from Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher.

The 688-page book is an important one for Clinton – the overwhelming favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination should she run. Critics have charged that her time as America's top diplomat was marked by no crowning achievement, while Clinton confidants have looked to frame those years as a success and see the book as the most potent way to showcase her achievements.

The publisher, who announced last week that the memoir would be available on June 10, 2014, also revealed the book's cover photo on Friday: A close up, black and white portrait of a smiling Clinton.

The book's release will also be coordinated with a summer book tour for the former senator and first lady.

Since leaving the State Department, Clinton has toured the country on the paid speaking circuit. In recent appearances, she has mentioned her book and said it will discuss a range of issues, including Iran, Syria and Libya.

She has joked that the memoir will be "just another light summer read" and will cover topics from "Crimea to climate change."

Clinton has admitted that writing the memoir has been difficult and at a March event in Montreal, she said reliving her time heading the State Department has been "eye opening."

"Reliving some of what you refer to has been eye opening because when you are in the middle of it, you get up every day, you put one foot in front of the other and try to do the best you can," she told the audience.

Clinton is not new to the publishing world, with multiple titles to her name, including her 2004 memoir "Living History," "It Takes a Village" and "An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History" (2000). She also wrote a children's book in 1998 titled "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kid's Letters to the First Pets."


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jan Nappylotto

    Hard Choices: What to get Chelsea for her baby shower with the $6 billion lost by the State Department during her tenure

    Hard Choices: How to celebrate the capture and imprisonment of the YouTube movie director while the assassins that killed the Libyan US Ambassador run free

    Hard Choices: When to stick another knife in Barack's back as it looks like he is pushing Biden 2016. Having Bill call him out on his, "You can keep your policy. Period." promise didn't seem to work very well.

    April 18, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. rla

    Who cares– the Clintons are done– stick a fork in them... You can only puff up failure so much!

    April 18, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. wigglwagon

    It is not a hard choice for me or many millions of America's working people. Any candidate who wants to replace American workers with the illegal alien workers will not be getting our votes. She says she is a strong supporter of the 1,000 page Senate immigration reform bill. A 1,000 page bill is ridiculous.

    Why should law abiding workers and their families be forced into unemployment and poverty just to make room for illegal workers?

    E-VERIFY right now. Jail time for employers of illegal workers. Illegal aliens have to await their day in immigration court by returning their own country where they are legal residents. Citizenship for new borns is the same as their parents. That is all the reform we need.

    April 18, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. devil's advocate

    With a grandchild on the way, perhaps she will choose to pass on the presidency, and opt to spend time with the baby, it will be two when she runs, and over ten when she's done with her two terms: this could be very good news for the gop.

    April 18, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. mds

    I did.....print it

    April 18, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Silence DoGood

    Very appropriate title. Wise leadership is about ongoing choices. The armchair quarterbacks that say "if we just ______ then the country would be OK" are just looking at real life like a movie. Good luck Ms.Clinton.

    April 18, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "With a grandchild on the way, perhaps she will choose to pass on the presidency, and opt to spend time with the baby, it will be two when she runs, and over ten when she's done with her two terms: this could be very good news for the gop.

    President Romney agrees.

    April 18, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. bill

    What difference does it make.

    April 18, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |