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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened (edition 2017)

by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Author)

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Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. 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. 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.… (more)
Title:What Happened
Authors:Hillary Rodham Clinton (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2017), 512 pages
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Tags:autobiography/memoir, politics and government

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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I've had this book for awhile but wasn't sure if and when I'd read it. But as we head into the 2020 election, it seemed like there was no point to continue holding onto the book if we were already on the cusp of the next election. If you don't know, Clinton talks about what happened (hence the title, duh).

It's difficult in some ways for me to really rate the book. It was a difficult read in many ways, not just as a book to read for a variety of reasons. She sometimes goes deep into the weeds on policy which is not what I was quite expecting but at the same time I really should have. The book also skips back and forth through time which normally drives me totally mad but given that I was familiar with the material it's not like I was lost on that score. But at the same time, it did not feel like there was much that was "new"--that has to be put down to that her words are relevant to today/present events (she talks about her comments on coal and within a few days of me writing this interview I saw an article of the child of a coal worker now being trained in the solar industry), that her book was widely covered and is still occasionally referenced, etc. It's organized more thematically which may or may not float your boat.

But all the same, I did think it was worth reading. She has the right to put her version out there because, as she says, she's not going to knit and still clearly has much to say, whether you agree or not. I also genuinely appreciated being able to see things from her POV, even stuff I had forgotten until reading this book (she robbed a Chipotle, people! LOL). I was also useful to see everything, from seeing where and how she failed, how we got here and where she hopes/thinks we will or can go.

It's understandable if you don't like her, don't think she should have been the nominee, think she should be criticized on any number of things. But all the same if you're at all interested in getting a true, comprehensive look at the 2016 Election, this would be a critical book to read.

If you're like me and still hesitating, it's worth the read. For all of my review and the election, there are bits of the book that are truly funny. She has the occasional aside, snarky remark, sly observation, etc. that don't make this book all doom and gloom and genuinely made me giggle or chuckle. For me it was right to wait, as I actually did understand something I had somewhat tuned out (emails) a little better, having done some work related to FOIA.

So in some ways this was a good "vacation" read so I could have the time and space to sit with the book (plus understand some of her wonkier bits). I don't regret buying it so I could read it at my leisure but for others a library borrow will be better. ( )
  acciolibros | Dec 30, 2019 |
I have no intentions of turning this site into a political platform...we all have political opinions and this is not...nor it should be... the place to express them. I will say that this account is very well written and worth reading no matter which side you agree with. ( )
  Carol420 | Jun 25, 2019 |
I Enjoyed the book. I thought Hillary gave the reader good insight into her reasoning and feelings. I believe she explained some of the strategy of her 2016 campaign. I imagine some readers will be looking for her to "fall on her sword" more ie: give a more detailed accounting of mistakes she made during the campaign. While she states that there are plenty of things she could have done better, she doesn't spend a lot of time castigating herself. She addresses the mostly midwestern states she lost that she was expected to win and says in most of them, the campaign did a sufficient amount of outreach. People will re-litigate this forever but it was good to get the insight of a person who's often presented in a distorted view.
Ultimately I thought Hillary used the book to give a more authentic view of herself than usually gets into the media, so I was pleased with the book.
  7HillsGil | May 25, 2019 |
My general thoughts while listening to this audiobook:

"Oh, this is sounding a little like sour grapes. Hope the whole book isn't like this..."

"Yes...yes...YES!!! Why didn't you say this a year ago???"

"No, you're a day late and a dollar short with this one, Hil."

"Yes, yes...wish I could hug her right now."

"No, not with the sour grapes again."

"Yes, back on track."

"Oop...back to the sour grapes."

You get the idea. There are some shining, brilliant and genuinely genuine and funny moments in this book. There are several places where it is just bitter (and a bit hateful). If it were anyone other than Mrs. Clinton, I would be a bit more forgiving. But I hold her to a high standard (that is more on me than her. I hold all of my women standard-bearers to higher standards). I wanted to love this book, and it ended up being just ok.
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
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This was a brutal cocktail of sensationalized victimhood and mind numbing anecdotes. There were some slightly more wild sucker punches in the later chapters but I couldn’t appreciate many of them. As bad as Hillary is at being a politician, she is much worse at being a human being.
Choice quotes have been seeping out for weeks, and I’ll admit that I reacted to one of them — “Now I’m letting down my guard” — as if the smoke alarm had started shrieking in my living room. Why believe her? In her previous books, she measured her words with teaspoons and then sprayed them with disinfectant.

Then again, we’ve been told over and over that Clinton is very different in private. And she is now a private citizen.

This distinction seems to have made all the difference.

“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. It is a score-settling jubilee. It is a rant against James B. Comey, Bernie Sanders, the media, James B. Comey, Vladimir Putin and James B. Comey. It is a primer on Russian spying. It is a thumping of Trump. (“I sometimes wonder: If you add together his time spent on golf, Twitter and cable news,” she writes, “what’s left?”)

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If you are tired, keep going.
If you are scared, keep going.
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—Harriet Tubman
For the team who stood with me in 2016 and worked their hearts out for a better, stronger, fairer America.  Being your candidate was one of the greatest honors of my life.
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