What Happened

What Happened

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The former secretary of state relates her experiences as the first woman candidate nominated for president by a major party, discussing the sexism, criticism, and double standards she had to confront, and how she coped with a devastating loss.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501175565
Characteristics: xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm

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sandra80
Nov 15, 2017

Pointing fingers. It was everyone's fault but hers.

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Activevoice
Nov 15, 2017

Well written, and in view of the recent news about Trump, timely. I thought that Rodham-Clinton wrote the book honestly given that her political ambitions to hold office are over. I appreciate that she didn’t run to 800 pages, that she was organized in her writing style, and that it was historically significant.

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red_snipe_25
Nov 13, 2017

kind of ironic(and stupid) for Hill here she gets in on the election then loses the it to a guy who "didn't have a chance of winning" then writes a book about how she lost but twisting it enough to make "HER A HERO FOR ALL WEMON" ya right. WHAT HAPPENED? YOU *%#@ING LOST! GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ckd703
Nov 04, 2017

Interesting book and valuable insights and warnings. A quick read.

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BECKY_1948
Nov 02, 2017

I enjoyed the book but have only been waiting since Jan.2017 and then to only have it for a week is wrong! When u wait for10 months and only have it a week is so wrong! I enjoyed the book and her candor and honesty. Trump is the Joke and not fit for the office.

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Mikerlightening
Oct 30, 2017

Hillarys version through rose colored glasses. But realistically, I didnt expect anything different from her.

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Indoorcamping
Oct 28, 2017

This was a wonderful, well-written, interesting, fascinating, sad yet uplifting book about exactly what you think it's about: what happened during the 2016 presidential election and why she lost/Donald Trump won. If you think you know Hillary, you don't. It's warm and positive, and reads so quickly I finished it in a day. I wished I hadn't read it so quickly - it was that good.

It's not just me, me, me about someone you think you know but you really, really don't. You know what people who don't like her know. You know what stories about her tell you. But in her voice, in her words, it's fascinating to live through debates, email decisions, speeches, all decisions great and small that she went through, trying to do what everyone thought you needed to do to run for president. Seeing on the inside like this, being in her shoes, thinking about events from this perspective, is a rare and amazing, one of a kind experience. It blows all the preconceptions of such a famous person out of the water.

There's a fullness to the information in this book that brings home all the issues our democracy will continue to deal with long after we are no longer alive. There is just so much here to think about regarding the future of democracy, the future of the United States, what that future will look like, how women will be involved and interact, and possible consequences when the norms we took for granted are no longer followed.

I know people will only read this who probably voted for her, but it's so full of facts, history, information, backstory, surrounding information about our country and the future of our country, that it should be interesting to anyone who isn't interested in politics, as well.

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anonymouswe
Oct 27, 2017

Unfortunately, this book is exactly what you would expect from a politician like Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's guarded, she plays to her strengths, gives very meaningless explanations for what happened. The reason I wanted to read this book is to hear her finally explain all the things she just doesn't want to address, mainly the scandals and also the campaign moves that are now pretty universally criticized. She has a very rehearsed set of explanations ...I can't even use the word explanation for many of them, evasions?... and she sticks to them. If you want to get some real revelation and insight, don't waste your time with this book. If you are a HRC fan, you might like her rationalizations and will really enjoy some of the personal story and background she includes. Clinton is a true politician, everything public is diplomatic and very little is very vulnerable or real... this book is no exception. Not sure why I would get something different from her - but I had hoped it would be. I was disappointed. That's why I gave it such a low rating. You'd get much more insight into what really went on, and what really had an effect on the campaign, by reading other books, or just reading through NY Times reporting on the campaign over the past year.

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gsmith601
Oct 27, 2017

Overall a decent book. If you are far right, you won't like it. If you are a Hillary fan you will love it. I'm neither. I enjoyed some of the insight. You are definitely getting her perspective. She obviously defends some of her perceived missteps (like not campaigning enough in states like Wisconsin and Michigan). She addresses the email factor, and definitely blames it. She acknowledges the effect it had, but then goes on to show she was not the only one to have a personal email. I would have liked her to say whether or not if she could go back would she still delete thousands? I do think she still does not accept enough of the blame or some of her campaigns mistakes.

She talked about the wikileaks emails but does not address what was in them, like what she said in her Wall Street speeches or the folks at CNN and DNC, Donna Brazille tipping off her campaign ahead of the debates. Would have loved to got her take on that.

She was correct in saying that some people flat out don't like her and that was a huge uphill fight. I do agree that she has spent a great deal of her life fighting for the little man/woman and at times I think the hate against her is unwarranted. You can disagree but the hate is odd.

Overall I enjoyed it though. I thought Shattered was a much better view of the election, particulary from the Clinton side.

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luxerustic
Oct 22, 2017

“Ow, my eyes!” is all there is to say...

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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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