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The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the worldIn 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.

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Kim Ghattas

Born and raised in Beirut during the civil war, I always wanted to be a journalist. I pursued that goal doggedly... and made it. I covered the Middle East from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon to Iraq and Syria for the BBC, the Financial Times and the dutch daily de Volkskrant. I then moved on and moved to the US in 2008 to be the BBC's State department correspondent, traveling the world with Condolezza Rice, then Hillary Clinton and finally John Kerry. I wrote about those travels and about American foreign policy in The Secretary, which became a NYT best seller. My latest book is a sweeping history of the Middle East since 1979, a fateful year that unleashed a bitter rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. I now live between Beirut and Washington DC. I love to cook when I'm home and I miss my dog, Laika, whenever I'm traveling.

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