What Happened

What Happened

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Simon and Schuster
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

“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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blue_dog_31717
Jul 05, 2018

I find these book a list of excuses that is nothing more than a failed candidate that only her enemies want in public eye making excuses about why she lost. I don't mean to get political, but no matter how much you or hate Clinton, you must admit she failed to ever truly blame herself.

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green_cat_3454
Jun 21, 2018

LOL mmterry! Couldn't, can't stop laughing. Said it a little differently than I would have though. The truth is Hilary was upset by the underdog and the Dems are still trying to make excuses of why Trump should have lost. Suck it up, you lost, move on.

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

An absolute must read to help you process the election, regardless of your political leanings

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becker
Jun 06, 2018

I wasn't fully committed to reading this book at first. I went into it with a "one chapter at a time" attitude. I really didn't feel like re-living the election. However she won me over "one chapter at a time". There is more than politics in this book. The parts I enjoyed the most were sections about what it was like to raise a child in the White House and her feelings about being a mother and a grandmother, as well as her feelings about her own mother. I don't think I understood what an incredibly accomplished woman she is and you can't help but respect her life's work regardless of how you feel about her politics. She was a trail blazer in many ways. I liked when she talked about life on the campaign trail and what that entailed and I was really interested in her experience as a female in politics. She also explained with detailed examples how opinion based news and social media has changed politics on a global level. That was a bit discouraging. I think I learned a lot from reading this book. There were many things I thought I knew but realized I didn't understand at all. And isn't that one of the best things about reading?

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cbriggs
May 19, 2018

I find it offensive that readers cannot express different political opinions. Hillary Clinton was what happened. She was a bad candidate with lots of baggage. Years ago I watched live while she called Former President’s women liars and bimbos. No they were not. He perjured him self, faced impeachment, lost his law license. Hillary had numerous scandals and currently is still being investigated for her “careless emails” and her foundation. Incredibly the Democrats were ready to put them back in the Whitehouse. She made over 100 million dollars out of her political career. These are all facts, are facts offensive?

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bornready2
Apr 06, 2018

Oh ENOUGH already!
You can't swing a dead cat in a bookstore or library these days and not hit a book attempting to "explain how so & so (or a group of so & so's) are the "REAL" ones to blame for Hilary Clinton's miserable failure to carry out the corrupted agenda of the DNC/RNC and Clinton herself thereby PLACING her in the oval office.
The REAL blame is on the shoulders of a mostly lazy, apathetic, misinformed, neglected and ignored population who have no interest in overseeing the activities and misdeeds of their "elected officials" and holding same accountable thereby leading to a rigged, false (albeit highly entertaining) excuse for a democratic (s)election. The choice in the end became the Buffoon vs. the Criminal and what the moneyed elite and the highly embedded corrupt establishment failed to predict was that there are more voters in this country who are getting screwed by this charade to a greater degree than they had counted on to finally get up off their lazy asses, out from in front of their TV's, DVD players and laptops and out of the check out lines of Walmarts across this nation and put someone in office who may very well indeed screw things up worse than they already are (if that's even possible) rather than a woman who is so universally disliked, distrusted, suspect and smug and whom, if guilty of even the smallest fraction of those crimes which have been alleged, has no business being given the authority of a school crossing guard- much less the POTUS.
The established powers that be in DC have not stopped screaming and accusing for the past nearly 2 years now and I doubt they ever will as long as they can keep the public jabbering amongst themselves w/absurd fictions such as, "b-b-but she won the POPULAR vote"!! or "b-b-but the RUSSIANS......blah blah blah" or "because she's a woman.....". GIVE US A BREAK ALREADY!!
Look, I was (and am) ready for an honest, decent, fair, transparent, uncorrupted, compassionate, intelligent & qualified president whether that person is male or female. However, Hilary Clinton is nor was ANY of the above- bottom line. And in the words of W.Shakespeare, "Methinks she doth protest too much." (to put it mildly...smh).

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BohoBookDragon
Apr 02, 2018

In some ways, I wish I had seen more of this from Hillary before the election. She made me laugh, she made me tear up, and I felt like I was seeing more of her humanity than ever before.
As someone who is 'far left', I supported Hillary in the election, somewhat half-heartedly. While I like her more as a person after reading this book, politically we still don't match enough for me to be an ardent supporter. I'm hoping that she does what she says she is going to do- support worthwhile causes and listen to the upcoming generations of people on the left to help shape the future of the Democratic party.

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claire1953
Mar 10, 2018

Several have said that Hillary Clinton is still reeling from her devasting lies in 2016, some saying she should simply move on and accept that fact. Losing to such an individual must have been devasting and writing this book was indeed necessary for her to start healing. She was by far more prepared and qualified than her rival and yet people believed the nonsense surrounding her e-mails. Part of her book is questionable in the sense that she spends quite a few chapters talking about her background, family and career (things we already knew) and yet it helps explain how she even got out if bed after her loss. She does give an excellent analysis of what happened and quite frankly, every American shouts read her book. I feel it was worth reading.

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Ky68RasK
Feb 16, 2018

A very solid, serious book. The chapter on Russian interference, trolls, bots is excellent and truly frightening.

So some people say she blames everybody but herself for "losing " the election. Oh, please!!
She won the popular vote by close to 3 million!!

Get rid of the electoral college!! -- that undemocratic aberration. Thanks to that monstrosity, the U.S. has been saddled with two of the worst presidents in its history.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

Hillary comes across great in this personal and political book about what happened in November 2016. None of the info was new to me but it was compiled well and convincingly.

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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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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: its very frightening to me how stupid this woman is

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