What Happened

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 12, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - BingeReader87 - LibraryThing

This book was a surprise hit for me. I found myself really interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff with the 2016 election. But what I found even more interesting was learning more about Hillary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

This is Hillary Clinton's postmortem of the 2016 presidential election. As such, the reader is very aware the biases that she comes into the project with. However, Clinton does make some compelling ... Read full review

Contents

Grit and Gratitude
17
Get Caught Trying
39
Getting Started
59
A Day in the Life
83
On Being a Woman in Politics
111
Motherhood Wifehood Daughterhood Sisterhood
147
Turning Mourning into a Movement
173
Change Makers
195
Country Roads
263
Those Damn Emails
289
Trolls Bots Fake News and Real Russians
325
Election Night
377
Why
391
Love and Kindness
429
Onward Together
447
Acknowledgments
465

Sweating the Details
217
Making History
243

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. 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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