What Happened

What Happened

Book - 2017
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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.
"'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.' 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."
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501175565
Characteristics: xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 23, 2017

It was not useful to understand politics from a female perspective. It sounds like the BITTER RANTING OF A SORE LOSER.

Sep 20, 2017

Bad optics?
In her book, HRC blames bad optics on her loss: highly-paid Wall Street speeches [see the brokenelbow link below, please] where she promised to destroy workers' protections? And others where she promised the Wall Streeters she would work to pass the TPP [same thing]?
In her book she also mentions perhaps they didn't like her because she's a woman?!?!
Now I would never vote for Hillary Clinton [or Trump or anyone named Bush, for that matter, nor have I], but I did vote for a woman [Green Party] and have in the past as well, and my first choice for a presidential candidate would be Winona LaDuke, so I rather doubt that was a factor in her loss. Certainly those multiple fundraisers at Martha's Vineyard provided by the Rothschild family might also have been bad optics?
Caught her on The New Yorker Program on NPR - - heard her claim that anyone who didn't like her must have been manipulated into that emotion, and anyone who didn't vote for her must have been manipulated not to do so, and that she herself was great at manipulating people [especially Vladimir Putin] - - the classic definition of psychosis.
I consider the entire family to be suffering from such: Bill and Hillary, Chelsea and her uncle Tony Rodham - - Chelsea's father-in-law might fall into a different psychological category since he went to prison for a number of years for claiming to have been a Nigerian prince and bilking the rubes out of their savings?
[NOTE to those 23 likes on the comment below: the number shown represents those books on hand at individual library the commenter is located at - - the previous commenter mentioned the SPL or Seattle Public Library, so clearly you 23 and the mistaken commenter aren't very clear in the cognition department!]

How the state legislatures now appear after the 2016 election:


Sep 17, 2017

It would be so nice to find intelligent, thoughtful comments about this book from readers – as it is for any material provided by the Library, a resource center in our communities for positive interaction, learning and exchange.
… and not encounter divisive political rhetoric and derogatory rants such as seen in some of the previous comments. There are other ways to state these kinds of views -- and other places more appropriate to do so -- such as a personal FB page, perhaps?

Sep 15, 2017

What Happened is realistically cautionary about Trump and his enablers. “Things are going to be hard for a long time. But we are going to be okay. All of us.” To do better, you need to know where you went wrong, and the book has much to say on this. But in the end it is forward looking and ends on a most optimistic note.

Sep 12, 2017

There are 22 copies on order not 136. Nevertheless, important book. Can we keep the library free of the troll content? Don't we have enough of this eleswhere/everywhere? I believe so.

Sep 09, 2017

It seems to me from the comments I am seeing from people here complaining about the other people's comments that they don't know that all they have to do is hold their cursor on the name of the person that made the comment they don't like- a box will appear- click "ignore" and they will never see that comment again.
Did SPL really need to spend the money to buy 236 copies of this book? A few years from now most of these copies will be just sitting on the shelves of various libraries collecting dust going unread and un checked out. Five for the Central library and one each for the brances would have been plenty. But; sadly, I see they have now ordered an additional 100 copies!

Sep 08, 2017

Suggest the library watch for comments from trolls and remove them.

Aug 23, 2017

While the subject of "What Happened" is mildly interesting, that fact that HRC pushed a book through to publication this soon after her campaign imploded simply underscores some of the reasons why she lost.

If I was to read this, I can only imagine that shrill, whining voice ringing in my ears with every word. Ugh!

Life at home with Ol' Bubba can't be a treat... but then again, I believe they have hundreds of millions in the bank, so life can't be too bad!

Aug 23, 2017

Blah, blah, blah.
Don't waste your time or money.

Aug 23, 2017

Please order e book copies of this book (What happened) by Hillary Clinton too.

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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.)

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!]."

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?)

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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