What Happened

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton


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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. In an intimate voice now free from the constraints of politics, Hillary tells the story of what it was like to be the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, kooky theatrics, Russian interference, a maddening inattention to serious issues, deplorable (yes, deplorable) bigotry, and an opponent who broke all the rules.

In these pages, Hillary 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 what the experience has taught her about life. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, the relationships, and occasional yelling at the television.

She also addresses the challenges of being a strong woman in public life, the criticism over her voice, age, and body, and how all women in politics confront a double standard whenever they express anger or ambition. Drawing upon the inspirational quotations she has collected for decades, she shows us how she became strong in the first place, how to find your core truths, and how to keep going in the face of adversity. In that sense, her book is a guide not just for how to persist in politics but also how to win in the real contest of life.

Hillary Clinton lost an election but she remains unbroken and undefeated. This memoir is for the millions of Americans who want to understand what really happened in 2016, how to make sense of it, and how we all can keep going.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501175565
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 26,734
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party in 2016. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother.

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What Happened

  • This book is a snapshot of how I felt and what we knew in the spring and summer of 2017, just a few months after the 2016 election. As you’ll see, it is at times raw, bewildered, and angry. By the end, though, I found some peace. And I remain hopeful that our country is resilient enough to withstand even these challenging times.

    The reception of the book was more positive and fervent than I expected. All over the country, people lined up for hours to tell me— often in tears—how much the book and our campaign meant to them. Hearing from them meant the world to me. Many book signings became part group-therapy session, part organizing rally. I was enchanted by the little girls who came to my events with their parents, some wearing tiny pantsuits and pearls, beaming up at me, so proud to tell me about their siblings, their teachers, and what they want to be when they grow up.

    Since I wrote this book, some things have changed. Wounds heal. Emotions cool. History marches on. As it does, it reveals itself more fully. We’ve learned a lot more about what happened in 2016. It turns out the Russian misinformation campaign was even more insidious . . . the dirty tricks that Cambridge Analytica and others used on Facebook and elsewhere were even more devious . . . and the Republican voter suppression efforts were even more effective than we imagined. In a new afterword included in this edition, written in early summer 2018, I try to make sense of these new revelations and what they mean for our country going forward.

    As more facts have come to light, I’ve gone back and reconsidered this book with fresh eyes. I believe it stands the test of time. The arguments I made about the factors that contributed to Trump’s election still hold up a year later. Meanwhile, my fears about the danger he poses to our country have only grown. And while Trump and his allies have continued to attack me at every opportunity, none of them has poked any real holes in this book, even about the whole email debacle. I hope that gives you confidence as you read on. And I hope that What Happened helps give you the courage to join the fights we face today. May you find it as cathartic to read as I found it to write.

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    What Happened 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ignore the reviews of those who haven't read it that are in here. This book was released on 9/12 not 9/11 so that person did not read it. Brilliant insight into the behind the scenes of what was the most tumultuous election of my times. Clinton writes in ways that amuse and entertain you but also gives you real insight into how difficult this campaign really was. We watched it on tv and read about it in the papers, but it is a breath of fresh air to hear real accounts of what happened from someone who can recall it all and express it in a way that allows us all to understand and view what was beyond us at the time.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I actually read this book trying to find a way to like this person despite all that your read and hear about her. I mean, no one can be truly as bad as how they are depicted by the MSM, right? I wanted to feel bad for her as she truly portrayed herself as someone who cared about so many issues that face our country despite hearing she was in this race because she DESERVED to be President. I wanted so badly to find an ounce of humanity in her....Well, I didn't. After reading this book and trying to fairly give her a shot, I am at a loss. She took "cheap shots" at just about anyone she felt was a fair target. She truly depicts herself as better than others and her words drip with condescending tones, narcissism and an overall attitude of entitlement. Her choice of words and phrasing will leave one seeing that HRC truly thinks she is superior to those she was to serve. The fact that she refuses to look in the mirror and hold herself accountable should not shock anyone who reads this.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is candid account is worthwhile for anyone to read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Well written by a Yale Law School graduate, former Secretary of State, First Lady, Senator and public servant since she was 19. Encouraging. Inspirational Most of these reviewers commented before the book was published on September 12, 2017. So, just ignore the haters In the past 9 months all of what Hillary tried to tell people throughout her campaign has been proven true. Trumps claims, vicious accusations and mad man antics.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Funny how Clinton haters respond to this. The book is historical perspective. She is polarizing. Good read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    She has pretty much given her life to public service. I respect her and this is a great book..loved it..this book is not sugar-coated.. very real feelings expressed...
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The story of a political shill
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Poignant darkly funny account.
    Suffragette More than 1 year ago
    Worth the read . Ignore the hateful remarks. She does take responsibility for her loss. I also agree with the assessment of coverage of the campaign. She will make you laugh and cry!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is just a way for her to make millions more. Her attempt to make people feel bad for her loss almost sounds like a fight in divorce court for a child. She puts herself on a pedestal and is completely ignorant when it comes to possible flaws in her message or campaign.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am a life long Democrat that in all good conscience could not vote for Hillary. She just can't relate to the average American citizen. I had hoped this book would have shown some incite into why she lost the election but it is just more of the same old, same old. She gave the election to Trump, with all her elitist ways. No idea what most America's wanted and needed. If you really want to read this book, borrow it from the library, don't waste your money.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really wanted to hear it from her perspective and now I have. Sadly I feel she still might not 'get' what truly concerned and perplexed some of us who also love our country yet felt differently than she did about some issues after all. I'd love to have a chat...an exchange of perspectives...a potential path to mutual understanding. It is possible to agree to disagree and still move forward with respect for anothers difference of opinion. I'm glad I read the book but disappointed in the blame game written so voluminously in it's pages. I hope she finds complete peace that comes from within ones self entirely at some point...she has earned that. The deepest dissatisfaction we can find in life is living to have others like, accept or validate us.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really tried to appreciate Ms. Clinton's perspectives, but she just doesn't seem to understand the irony that her own self-centered ambitions are the same as Trump's, applied slightly differently. Her disregard of the sweeping national dissatisfaction with her, along with the trajectory of the US Federal Government (both parties) led to her defeat...not her long list of excuses. This book comes across as self-adulation, excuse-making, and personal agenda-pushing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A look behind the scenes of an election like no other. I found the sectiin on women particularly fascinating. Ultimately inspiratiinal look at a smart, thoughtful, deeply committed woman.
    1924745 More than 1 year ago
    Well-written, informative, and in may ways ... painful. This is Hillary's story and she is allowed to tell it any way she wants to tell the story. The 2016 election was a nightmare for many reasons; Trump, Comey, Sanders, and those who have "hated" Hillary for more than 25 years. Bravo for the courage to tell her own version.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    She lost! Bad! Go Trump! He is a way better president tha obama! My sster wrote him a letter and he replied! And shes only 12! Trump rocks! Elizabeth Casssi
    LifeRun More than 1 year ago
    Apart from determining if the information in the book was legible or not, it seems very candid. A few things were interesting to know, and to realize how they changed the course of history.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Save your money. Very boring!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign is a much better read, and probably closer to What "Really" Happened.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It s full of lies, excuses, and victim-card playing. This book i pure garbage, no matte if you are a liberal or a conservative.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    She should have listened to her husband.....not good and almost a parody on honesty
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not much substance
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a boring whiny book that sounds like the author is still running for the presidency. She accepts zero fault and glosses over the scandals and problems of her life and her foundation. She picks and chooses President Trumps words out of context and belittles him every chance she gets. But she is the holy one. If you are a fan of hers maybe you will like the little insights into her life. But it is a tedious slog nontheless
    Anonymous 2 days ago