Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

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Crown, Apr 18, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages

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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Also by the Authors Title Page Copyright Dedication
Or I Wouldnt Have Run
The Mercenaries and the Missionaries Chapter 3 Feeling the Bern
The Summer of the Server
The Biden Threat Chapter 6 Mrs October
I Was Certain We Were Going to Lose
Turning the Corner Chapter 11 Canary in the Auto Plant
Too Easy
Hillary Just Cant Make Up Her Mind Chapter 15 But It Looked Great
Its So Phony
Demeanor Is the Debate
Red October
Comey Chapter 20 Im Sorry

The Prize and the Pain
Base Politics

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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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