Hillary Clinton’s new book coming in 2014

Hillary Clinton will release a memoir reflecting on her career as secretary of state next year, the publishing house Simon & Schuster announced Thursday.


Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles before speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Jan. 31, 2013. (Manuel Balce Ceneta -- AP)

“This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America’s place in the world today,” said Simon & Schuster Publishing Group President Jonathan Karp in a statement.

According to the publisher Clinton will discuss her role in and thoughts on the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring and other major world events of the past four years. She stepped down as secretary of state in February.

The former diplomat will also relay "vivid personal anecdotes" about her relationship with President Obama and his national security team, the source of much speculation during her tenure. She will also write about her behind-the-scenes interactions with world leaders.

Clinton's book will be scrutinized for any sign of plans to run for president in 2016, and the publisher says she does plan to offer her views on "what it takes for the United States to secure and sustain prosperity and global leadership" -- which could be seen as a part of a future political platform.

Critics will also be looking for any details on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. While Clinton does plan to write on the overthrow of the Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, the release says nothing about Benghazi. Some congressional Republicans have suggested that the State Department initially tried to cover up the events in Libya and had ignored requests for more security there.

The memoir does not yet have a title; our In the Loop column has asked for suggestions.

Clinton's last memoir, "Living History," was published in 2003 and made her millions of dollars. Her predecessor as secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, published a memoir in 2011.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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