What Happened

What Happened

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Simon and Schuster
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.

The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath—both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501175572
1501175572
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Sastez1
Nov 22, 2017

She is annoying and such a politician. There is nothing wrong with admitting that she has ambition and wants to be the first female president. That's ok. You are allowed to want that. You don't have to justify it by making it all about wanting to do this for "women everywhere." Anyways, silly title. The book could have been two words "I lost." The end.
All that being said, though, I do think Hillary had the most relevant experience and, purely from a record of public service and preparedness for the top job, was the most qualified of any candidate in the past few decades (!) to be president. It's a shame.

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gabriela1
Nov 22, 2017

A very well Written book.

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sandra80
Nov 15, 2017

Pointing fingers. It was everyone's fault but hers.

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Activevoice
Nov 15, 2017

Well written, and in view of the recent news about Trump, timely. I thought that Rodham-Clinton wrote the book honestly given that her political ambitions to hold office are over. I appreciate that she didn’t run to 800 pages, that she was organized in her writing style, and that it was historically significant.

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red_snipe_25
Nov 13, 2017

kind of ironic(and stupid) for Hill here she gets in on the election then loses the it to a guy who "didn't have a chance of winning" then writes a book about how she lost but twisting it enough to make "HER A HERO FOR ALL WEMON" ya right. WHAT HAPPENED? YOU *%#@ING LOST! GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ckd703
Nov 04, 2017

Interesting book and valuable insights and warnings. A quick read.

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BECKY_1948
Nov 02, 2017

I enjoyed the book but have only been waiting since Jan.2017 and then to only have it for a week is wrong! When u wait for10 months and only have it a week is so wrong! I enjoyed the book and her candor and honesty. Trump is the Joke and not fit for the office.

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Mikerlightening
Oct 30, 2017

Hillarys version through rose colored glasses. But realistically, I didnt expect anything different from her.

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Indoorcamping
Oct 28, 2017

This was a wonderful, well-written, interesting, fascinating, sad yet uplifting book about exactly what you think it's about: what happened during the 2016 presidential election and why she lost/Donald Trump won. If you think you know Hillary, you don't. It's warm and positive, and reads so quickly I finished it in a day. I wished I hadn't read it so quickly - it was that good.

It's not just me, me, me about someone you think you know but you really, really don't. You know what people who don't like her know. You know what stories about her tell you. But in her voice, in her words, it's fascinating to live through debates, email decisions, speeches, all decisions great and small that she went through, trying to do what everyone thought you needed to do to run for president. Seeing on the inside like this, being in her shoes, thinking about events from this perspective, is a rare and amazing, one of a kind experience. It blows all the preconceptions of such a famous person out of the water.

There's a fullness to the information in this book that brings home all the issues our democracy will continue to deal with long after we are no longer alive. There is just so much here to think about regarding the future of democracy, the future of the United States, what that future will look like, how women will be involved and interact, and possible consequences when the norms we took for granted are no longer followed.

I know people will only read this who probably voted for her, but it's so full of facts, history, information, backstory, surrounding information about our country and the future of our country, that it should be interesting to anyone who isn't interested in politics, as well.

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anonymouswe
Oct 27, 2017

Unfortunately, this book is exactly what you would expect from a politician like Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's guarded, she plays to her strengths, gives very meaningless explanations for what happened. The reason I wanted to read this book is to hear her finally explain all the things she just doesn't want to address, mainly the scandals and also the campaign moves that are now pretty universally criticized. She has a very rehearsed set of explanations ...I can't even use the word explanation for many of them, evasions?... and she sticks to them. If you want to get some real revelation and insight, don't waste your time with this book. If you are a HRC fan, you might like her rationalizations and will really enjoy some of the personal story and background she includes. Clinton is a true politician, everything public is diplomatic and very little is very vulnerable or real... this book is no exception. Not sure why I would get something different from her - but I had hoped it would be. I was disappointed. That's why I gave it such a low rating. You'd get much more insight into what really went on, and what really had an effect on the campaign, by reading other books, or just reading through NY Times reporting on the campaign over the past year.

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roystreet
Sep 18, 2017

". . . I put on a suffragette-white pantsuit and got ready to head to the arena"

(I always wondered about her choice of color.)

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roystreet
Sep 18, 2017

". . .three basic contrasts we wanted to draw with Trump. . . [2] He was a fraud who was in it only for himself (sic!), but I was in it for children and families [but not men, apparently]. . [3] He was divisive, while I would work to bring the country together [no identity politics here, folks!]."

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roystreet
Sep 18, 2017

"Standing here [in the arena at the nominating convention] as my mother's daughter, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come," I said. "Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between."

(feminist triumphalism. . . wonder why that didn't go over so well with a lot of folks?)

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roystreet
Sep 18, 2017

We had settled on Stronger Together as our theme for the general election after a lot of thought and discussion.

(As Gimbels advised us: "Select, don't settle." Group think.)

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