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
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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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.

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.

AL_LESLEY 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.

Jan 26, 2018

Gee, Hillary, what happened?????

Jan 23, 2018

For political junkies wanting to get the answer for What Happened you only need to read one of the last chapter "WHY" (pages 391 - 425) . For those interested in a resume of Mrs Clinton, getting to know her background and her values the book has some interest. Overall it was disappointed, I wanted more of the campaign politics and strategy and less personality review.

Jan 22, 2018

Enjoyed reading this book. Hillary Clinton gave the facts. There was no whining, and she took responsibility for her mistakes. I learned a lot! The Russian hacking was more extreme than I had realized (and really rather scary ongoing). It was eye opening to see how other factors outside of her control influenced the election. Her words are supported by statistics garnered from outside sources. Truly interesting and worth reading.

Jan 16, 2018

Well written, but for the most part a fairly straightforward rehash of the 2016 US election, the part the media played, and what campaign decisions and might have influenced the outcome. Clinton tends to, in my opinion, exaggerate the importance of a male vs a female candidate in explaining the loss, and to underestimate the effect of public rage and dissatisfaction - but she explains her own experience of the campaign effectively.
The only truly surprising and intriguing portions of the book are the sections that address the Russian interference in the election, and in other elections worldwide. The book may be worth checking out for that information alone.

Jan 15, 2018

This book is worthy of a read or listen if you (like myself) are looking at our political landscape and asking yourself "what happened", along with Hillary Clinton. The book gives a lot of blame to several different avenues, such as New York Times and other media outlets, the fake news blitz of 2016, FBI Director James Comey, and of course, President Donald Trump. But, she also takes on a fair share of blame herself.

What I loved: This book, above any other offering I've consumed, allowed me to look at Hillary Clinton for what she is - a human. A real flesh and blood, made in God's image human. And not just that, but a hard working civil servant who did her best in the midst of a lot of hate and vitriol.

What I liked: Her voice was sincere and self reflective. It was her story, being told from her point of view.

What I disliked: There seemed to be a lot of focus on "what I got" verses "what he got" all throughout this book. I totally get it, and in her defense, it's her story being told through her eyes. But it's not like President Trump didn't have his fair share of hate and unflattering media swirling around him.

What I hated: Taking a good hard look at myself. And that is the true call of this book - where we all were and where we're going. I realized that I've let a lot of things cloud my view politically. I'm ready to do the hard work of taking my blinders off and learning for myself about policies and viewpoints before the next time I vote.

My ultimate take away - I will probably never agree with Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton on several fronts. Her views on several key points will always pull me to the conservative side of things. But, I don't think she was deserving of what she got out of her presidential campaign of 2016.

Wherever you land politically, I think this book is worth checking out.

Jan 07, 2018

Reading this was just like going through the 2016 pres. campaign again, some bright and hopeful moments followed by utter dissappointment in her as a potential president. She is as clueless as Marie Antionette when she said "Let them eat cake." I really wanted to like her but she fell so short that it gave reason why crossover democrats voted for Trump. A tragedy really, in that both Bernie and Joe Biden did not fight for the nomination harder themselves, but rather did not want to hurt Hillary's chances. She is like many bored upper class women of the late 1960's who got caught up in the women's movement and became possessed by wanting to do something "very important in a man's world" without the skills needed to succeed.

Dec 19, 2017

Tedious. Disappointing. I skimmed the last half of the book which I read because I wanted to understand how we ended up with Trump for president.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is exactly 13 months older than I am. We both grew up in IL. We both became attorneys. Yet, our lives were remarkably different. I got my first job at the age of 13. She didn't start working until she was in her 20s, and she went to an Ivy League college.

Although I was a huge Hillary Clinton fan, I didn't realized until I read this book how unbelievably disconnected she is from the lives most Americans live. I seriously doubt she ever scrubbed a floor, and it has probably been a very long time since she made out a grocery list or went to Safeway. She hasn't driven a car for 25 years which is how long she's been protected by the Secret Service. She never experienced sexual harassment which was rampant early in our careers.

Yes, she had great ideas. She's a pragmatic realist. She's brilliant. But, she's been living in the world's stratosphere for so long that she doesn't understand how to connect with voters or know how to shut down an obnoxious bully. She lives life in her head rather than with her heart wide open. I still admire her, but I'm glad I didn't have to pay for this book.

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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.)

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!]."

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?)

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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