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Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

by Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes


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It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign—the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

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ISBN-13: 9780553447088
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN ALLEN is a national political reporter with NBC News. A winner of the Dirksen and Hume awards for his reporting on Congress, he was previously the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg and the White House bureau chief for Politico.

AMIE PARNES is the senior political correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington and a CNN political analyst. She covered Hillary Clinton during the campaign and covers national politics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 "Or I Wouldn't Have Run" 1

Chapter 2 The Mercenaries and the Missionaries 19

Chapter 3 Feeling the Bern 36

Chapter 4 The Summer of the Server 52

Chapter 5 The Biden Threat 70

Chapter 6 Mrs. October 80

Chapter 7 "I was Certain we were Going to Lose" 101

Chapter 8 The Prize and the Pain 121

Chapter 9 Base Politics 141

Chapter 10 Turning the Corner 163

Chapter 11 Canary in the Auto Plant 175

Chapter 12 Damage 200

Chapter 13 "Too Easy" 228

Chapter 14 "Hillary Just Can't Make Up Her Mind" 256

Chapter 15 But it Looked Great 270

Chapter 16 "It's So Phony" 301

Chapter 17 "Demeanor is the Debate" 322

Chapter 18 Red October 338

Chapter 19 Comey 355

Chapter 20 "I'm Sorry" 371

Chapter 21 The Aftermath 389

Afterword 403

Notes 419

Acknowledgments 458

Index 463

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