What should readers look for in new Hillary Clinton memoir?
Hillary Clinton is expected to offer an inside look at her term as secretary of State in a new memoir. But those looking for her thoughts on running for president in 2016 might be disappointed.
Now we know what Hillary Rodham Clinton is really going to be doing while she decides over the next year or so whether to run for president in 2016: Sheâ€™ll be writing a book, and sheâ€™ll lend her name and support to women's and girlsâ€™ issues.
No one took it too seriously when the former secretary of State, coming off an exhausting four years as President Obamaâ€™s chief diplomat, joked to anyone who asked that she planned to spend her newfound free time getting in shape and cleaning out long-neglected closets.
New York publisher Simon & Schuster put such talk to rest Thursday when it announced that it will publish Mrs. Clintonâ€™s memoir and foreign-policy analysis on her years at the helm of US diplomacy. The book is as-yet untitled and has a tentative publication date of June 2014.
In a 12-minute speech at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards ceremony, Clinton said she could attest to the progress being made on womenâ€™s rights because her wide travels as secretary of State had introduced her to thousands of women and girls in every corner of the world who are fighting to advance their political and social status and their familiesâ€™ well-being.
Simon & Schuster said it â€ścouldnâ€™t be happier" about the new book, noting the publishing house's "long association" with the former secretary of State, first lady, and senator. Simon & Schuster also published â€śLiving Historyâ€ť in 2003, for which Clinton received $8 million.
The publisherâ€™s statement gave no contract details for the new project. But its characterization of what readers can expect from the newest Clinton tome â€“ in particular how it will offer a front-row seat to the major foreign-policy events of Clintonâ€™s tenure, and the former secretaryâ€™s thoughts on â€śthe urgent, ongoing need for American leadership in a changing worldâ€ť â€“ already has some political observers interpreting the book as the likely start of Clintonâ€™s 2016 presidential run.
After all, they say, publication will certainly be accompanied by an extensive national book tour â€“ about the time speculation on 2016â€™s candidates will be warming up.
Clinton, who faced questions on her future political intentions at just about every stop she made at home and abroad as secretary of State, repeatedly suggested she was not inclined to run for president again. But she has never given the categorical, LBJ-esque â€śI will not seek, nor will I acceptâ€ť statement.
The other famous Clinton, husband (and former president) Bill, is said to be encouraging her to run, while some friends and close associates have said that a desire to see a woman president in her lifetime is Clintonâ€™s strongest motivation to decide in favor of trying to succeed her 2008 rival, Mr. Obama.
With a book to write, Clinton probably wonâ€™t be making a decision soon. But she can get started on her notes and chapter-organizing knowing that, at least for now, she has no rivals should she decide to run. In early polling she is the clear Democratic favorite, and she leaves potential Republican rivals such as Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush in the dust â€“ even in their home state of Florida.
But all that is for another day. In the meantime, according to Simon & Schuster, Clinton will be writing down her role in â€“ and thoughts on â€“ foreign policy events ranging from the killing of Osama bin Laden and the fall of Libyaâ€™s Muammar Qaddafi to the US â€śpivotâ€ť to the Asia-Pacific.