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: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501175572
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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mamabadger56
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.

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mitchelclay
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.

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SeattleCynthia1
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.

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AnneCarolineDrake
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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donkeyhote
Dec 19, 2017

There is an MP3 audio available in public library, titled: "Occult America." Listen to it and then assess what I am about to tell you here. In 2007 I was listening to the Swedish talk radio "Red Ice". The host was Palmgren. A guy named Kent Daniel Bentkowski talked and said that Hillary was into Wicca and owned the 6th degree: "Mother Of Darkness." (There are 7 degrees in that sect.) I wonder to which group does Donald belong. My guess is Hillary was chosen by background forces to be a loser, bec. Donald was to be elected at all cost - I guess he has to do some things yet, which are in harmony with his known nature (to kick everybody's ass, as he wrote in the title of one of his books). That guy Bentkowski talked also about the JFK assassination - he said he was an assistant librarian in the USA and he researched the archives, but soon he was told to stop. But he talked on radio about some details he had discovered. He said the car of JFK slowed down and went in the middle of the street when it approached the spot of the final shots. And Bentkowski also said that he discovered that Abraham Zapruder, who made that famous film was promoted to a special award in a certain secret society after the fact. And that Zapruder and the Media lied about the details surrounding the selling of the film. Zapruder was told to do the filming on his obsolete celluloid film camera, the frames of which were easily manipulated afterwards. Bentkowski said the details he had discovered in archives showed toward a plot, and it was a lie that filming JFK's drive thru the Trinity Pass was a last-minute idea of Zap's female secretary - he was in fact assigned the task of doing the film from an angle where the film would not show in the critical directions from which (back and front) the 3 shots came. (The last shot came from under the curb, from a rainwater drain opening). And other sources said too that another film of that event was made by a woman with a more modern camera and immediately after the event that camera was confiscated from her on the site by a plainclothes agent and it was never spoken about as if it never existed. And that woman said she was intimidated by some agents, who tried to force her to change her own version of seeing the event. And finally, how come that all the interrogation files and recordings of Oswald's "disappeared" from the Dallas Police? Now, all of this shows that politics have deeper dimensions than just a public vote. It's all plots. Poor Hillary was a patsy, a victim.

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megaculpa
Dec 19, 2017

In the opening chapter, Ms Clinton presents the over-riding theme of the book. The day after the Trump inauguration, she is home watching TV, cheering on the thousands of women marching in protest. Never does it occur to her to wonder how she might react if, having been democratically elected, the streets filled with people protesting her victory. This inability to imagine any perspective other than her own recurs throughout the book. It's a sort of blindness, a disability that makes her a poor chronicler of events and would have produced an ineffective presidency.

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writermala
Dec 11, 2017

As an Indo-Canadian, I was not interested in the U.S elections as an American would be. However, I picked up this book as one which would be good non-fiction writing. I was not disappointed. Hillary Clinton is a great writer and her account of "What Happened," in the 2016 presidential election is eminently readable. Clinton succinctly explains the factors contributing her defeat.It is indeed a pity that she needed to write this book.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 06, 2017

Well, we all know how this one turns out. This is a very detailed account of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign. If you followed the election at all, then most of this will be very familiar. I had so many different emotions while reading this book. Ultimately, I felt devastated for Hillary on a personal level. She had done everything she could do, and it still wasn't good enough. That's a hard thing for anyone to face, but especially in such a public way when so much is at stake.

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CarleeMcDot
Dec 05, 2017

I had seen a few friends reading this (or listening to the audio book version) and was intrigued. I have been on the wait list for it at our local library for a couple months but it finally became available so I grabbed it. I will be the first to admit that politics is not something I talk about frequently. It probably stems from the fact that my family NEVER spoke about it (my parents are polar opposites when it comes to their political views {one parent marching in parades for the party while the other is a single issue voter}). With that being said, just because I don't discuss it openly often doesn't mean it doesn't matter to me. I really enjoyed this book. I realize that a lot of the book was about Hillary (and less about the election), but in a society where reality TV runs rampant and everyone wants to know the nitty-gritty details, I understand why she showed us a little of what is "behind the curtain". I enjoyed learning about her, the policies she wanted to push for if she became president, etc. I also appreciate the fact that she went into "the emails", "the Russians", etc. This is not a short read (the book is upwards of 500 pages) but I felt as though it was very informative. I walked away with an immense appreciation for HRC and everything that she has accomplished in her political career. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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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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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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