What Happened

What Happened

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501175565
1501175564
Branch Call Number: 324.973 CLI 2017
Characteristics: xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm

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writermala
Dec 11, 2017

As an Indo-Canadian, I was not interested in the U.S elections as an American would be. However, I picked up this book as one which would be good non-fiction writing. I was not disappointed. Hillary Clinton is a great writer and her account of "What Happened," in the 2016 presidential election is eminently readable. Clinton succinctly explains the factors contributing her defeat.It is indeed a pity that she needed to write this book.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 06, 2017

Well, we all know how this one turns out. This is a very detailed account of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign. If you followed the election at all, then most of this will be very familiar. I had so many different emotions while reading this book. Ultimately, I felt devastated for Hillary on a personal level. She had done everything she could do, and it still wasn't good enough. That's a hard thing for anyone to face, but especially in such a public way when so much is at stake.

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CarleeMcDot
Dec 05, 2017

I had seen a few friends reading this (or listening to the audio book version) and was intrigued. I have been on the wait list for it at our local library for a couple months but it finally became available so I grabbed it. I will be the first to admit that politics is not something I talk about frequently. It probably stems from the fact that my family NEVER spoke about it (my parents are polar opposites when it comes to their political views {one parent marching in parades for the party while the other is a single issue voter}). With that being said, just because I don't discuss it openly often doesn't mean it doesn't matter to me. I really enjoyed this book. I realize that a lot of the book was about Hillary (and less about the election), but in a society where reality TV runs rampant and everyone wants to know the nitty-gritty details, I understand why she showed us a little of what is "behind the curtain". I enjoyed learning about her, the policies she wanted to push for if she became president, etc. I also appreciate the fact that she went into "the emails", "the Russians", etc. This is not a short read (the book is upwards of 500 pages) but I felt as though it was very informative. I walked away with an immense appreciation for HRC and everything that she has accomplished in her political career. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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Sastez1
Nov 22, 2017

She is annoying and such a politician. There is nothing wrong with admitting that she has ambition and wants to be the first female president. That's ok. You are allowed to want that. You don't have to justify it by making it all about wanting to do this for "women everywhere." Anyways, silly title. The book could have been two words "I lost." The end.
All that being said, though, I do think Hillary had the most relevant experience and, purely from a record of public service and preparedness for the top job, was the most qualified of any candidate in the past few decades (!) to be president. It's a shame.

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gabriela1
Nov 22, 2017

A very well Written book.

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sandra80
Nov 15, 2017

Pointing fingers. It was everyone's fault but hers.

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Activevoice
Nov 15, 2017

Well written, and in view of the recent news about Trump, timely. I thought that Rodham-Clinton wrote the book honestly given that her political ambitions to hold office are over. I appreciate that she didn’t run to 800 pages, that she was organized in her writing style, and that it was historically significant.

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red_snipe_25
Nov 13, 2017

kind of ironic(and stupid) for Hill here she gets in on the election then loses the it to a guy who "didn't have a chance of winning" then writes a book about how she lost but twisting it enough to make "HER A HERO FOR ALL WEMON" ya right. WHAT HAPPENED? YOU *%#@ING LOST! GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ckd703
Nov 04, 2017

Interesting book and valuable insights and warnings. A quick read.

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BECKY_1948
Nov 02, 2017

I enjoyed the book but have only been waiting since Jan.2017 and then to only have it for a week is wrong! When u wait for10 months and only have it a week is so wrong! I enjoyed the book and her candor and honesty. Trump is the Joke and not fit for the office.

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roystreet
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.)

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roystreet
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!]."

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roystreet
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?)

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roystreet
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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