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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 in The 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unusually intimate look at a historic secretary of state…An unexpected page-turner.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A rich portrait of the different perspectives on US power and influence around the world as well as her own personal experiences and ambivalence about the US.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Kim Ghattas does a tremendous job of blending the human and the historic, granting readers an insider’s perspective on how Hillary Clinton has worked through pressing international challenges.”

    Ian Bremmer, author of Every Nation for Itself

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About the Author

Kim Ghattas, BBC’s State Department radio and TV correspondent since 2008, regularly travels with the secretary of state. She was part of an Emmy Award–winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. Her work has been published in Time magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. She also appears regularly on NPR. She currently lives in Washington, DC.