What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Instead of recuperating, Clinton has opted for a re-enactment of a remote past. Her book grows fat on rosy reminiscences about her childhood baseball games, her first date with Bill, and Chelsea’s breech birth, with victory laps to commemorate her achievements as a “lady lawyer” in Arkansas...
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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.
 

About Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States—from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.
 
Published September 12, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. 513 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for What Happened
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Joan M. Burda on Nov 14 2017

After reading the book, a question arises as to whether those who trashed it actually read the book . . . or did they only read some of it? That is a mistake.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Danielle Kurtzleben on Sep 12 2017

But ultimately, it reads like a book she had to write, audience be damned — a book written out of exasperation...But here's what the book is not: It's not newsy.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Aram Bakshian Jr. on Sep 17 2017

The reader comes away wondering why Hillary Clinton bothered to write a book that, unless it was an attempt at personal catharsis, can only further tarnish her image. It is all very sad and very depressing.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Sep 15 2017

Yes, yes, and again (for emphasis): yes. Clinton is correct. This suggests why "What Happened" is a necessary — if at times clunky and unconvincing — retrospective.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by JON MEACHAM on Sep 12 2017

...joins what we might call the Kempton Collection, after the New York columnist Murray Kempton, who always believed that the real story was to be found not amid the sprays of Champagne among winners but in the tragic bleakness of the losers’ locker rooms.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Sep 12 2017

“What Happened” is not one book, but many. It is a candid and blackly funny account of her mood in the direct aftermath of losing to Donald J. Trump. It is a post-mortem, in which she is both coroner and corpse. It is a feminist manifesto.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Sep 18 2017

Instead of recuperating, Clinton has opted for a re-enactment of a remote past. Her book grows fat on rosy reminiscences about her childhood baseball games, her first date with Bill, and Chelsea’s breech birth, with victory laps to commemorate her achievements as a “lady lawyer” in Arkansas...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Sarah Leonard on Sep 14 2017

The quippy shtick doesn’t always work, because Clinton fails to grasp basic criticisms levelled at her from a populist perspective to a degree that can’t be winked away.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Rachel Giese on Sep 15 2017

Her critics might wish she'd sit down and shut up already; as if anticipating the backlash, she writes, "What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I'm really asking. I'm at a loss." But for the more than 65 million Americans who voted for her, it's worth considering what she thinks should happen now.

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