Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State while she considers another White House campaign.

Publisher Simon & Schuster said on Friday that the new book, to be released on June 10, will offer Ms Clinton’s “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges” she faced as Secretary of State and “how those experiences drive her view of the future.”

“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Ms Clinton writes at the start of the book, according to the publisher. “Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.”

Ms Clinton’s State Department memoir will hit bookshelves as the former first lady and New York senator sits atop polls about hypothetical candidates as the leading Democratic contender should she seek the presidency. Since leaving the State Department, Ms Clinton has travelled widely, giving speeches to industry groups, college students and others while joining the foundation led by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and her husband, Bill Clinton.

Ms Clinton’s potential candidacy has been eagerly anticipated by Democrats, who frequently encourage her to try to become the nation’s first female president. Republicans are actively critiquing her record.

The book will chronicle Ms Clinton’s travel to 112 countries and nearly 1 million miles as Secretary of State and “offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth and LGBT people,” Simon & Schuster said on a website promoting the book.

Ms Clinton will also “offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world one in which America remains the indispensable nation.”

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