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Sure, it's an encyclopedic 635 pages long. But here are five key passages from Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir, Hard Choices.

1. That troublesome Iraq vote: The biggest problem she faced in her 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination was her vote to authorize the Iraq war in 2002. She writes that "I held out against using the word mistake" — which she now says was a mistake. "I should have stated my regret sooner and in the plainest, most direct language possible."

2. The tragedy in Benghazi: She recounts the events leading up to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that cost the lives of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, and the investigations that followed, then essentially declares the case closed: "Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country. I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans."

3. Making peace with Barack Obama: The rivals met secretly at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's home in June 2008, after Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination. "We stared at each other like two teenagers on an awkward first date" before talks that cleared the air. Obama separately reached out to Bill Clinton.

4. Sending arms to Syria: One of the few policy differences she details with Obama was over whether to arm Syrian rebels in 2012. She called it "the least bad option" available; Obama disagreed. "No one likes to lose a debate, including me. But this was the President's call and I respected his deliberations and decision."

5. So is she running for president in 2016? You have to get to the final pages of the final chapter. Even then all she writes is, "The answer is, I haven't decided yet."

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