Clinton memoir gets a title: "Hard Choices"

Clinton memoir gets a title:
Courtesy Simon & Schuster
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:32am

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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