What Happened

What Happened

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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The former secretary of state and first lady 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
Branch Call Number: B C6418.wh
Characteristics: xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781501175565
1501175564

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Of course, each presidential election is a binary--one person wins, the other loses. And there’s a small but growing tradition of books written by the loser. An autopsy of sorts, a work of self-help, an act of resilience. Clinton’s book, written after winning the popular vote by almost 3 million... Read More »


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DouglasWasTaken
Mar 31, 2021

I am at my highschool and I decided to waste my time, great book for this!

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SandraPDavis
Dec 29, 2020

This is a must read book for anyone who thinks they know Hillary Clinton. It is much more than a personal memoire. She explores the path of American politics from De Tocqueville to Trump with astute observations, data, and a willingness to explore the dark alleys of racism, sexism and the politics of resentment. She bravely outlines her weaknesses and strengths and seems very prescient about the dangers still facing our democratic institutions. Even in 2017, when this book was published, she warned about the role of voter suppression and the echo chamber of conspiracy theories ( along with James Comey & the Russians) to undermine Americans' faith in free and fair elections. I tried to give this book 5 stars but it would only record 4.5!

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SusanFrenzel
Aug 26, 2020

It's amazing what a lying fraud badmouthing this presidential candidate could do to make her unpopular. Trump made Americans believe they really don't like her, when his corruption and fraud eclipses hers like a nuclear explosion versus a match. She's likeable, even loveable, and she exerted a great deal of effort to understand our health care system and what would be needed to make it serve the greatest number of Americans. It is such a pity the electoral college was manipulated to make the person who got 3 million fewer votes president. We will have suffered immeasurably when all is said and done due to President 45 taking the reins of office.

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II_REICH_II
Apr 03, 2019

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

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fran_cine
Jan 17, 2019

I thought she gave a candid and heartfelt review which offered her perspective. Who knew.

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mikeyaa470bpl
Jan 15, 2019

The documents and testaments of truth in this book is the business of Hillary Clinton. I think she did a fine job, and the factors that led up to voter suppression was due to change in voter rights, democrat attrition, (people die and privacy and shock issues overwhelm people, have some understanding for what people go through, like Bo and his Family's situation.) During the 2012 campaign, my mom died from cancer and my mind just was not in a place of social justice, voting, etc.

I am sure that no man or woman woke up one day with a perfect set of instructions. What I like best about Hillary's writing approach is that it was educated and regardless of what the results are, she is still a winner because she did it for what she believes in, being an honest president. Edit 5.13.19

I think it was just a rough patch for everybody. 1..15.19

Different ideas and everyone seeking balance and not being overpowering with effort to be ethically protective. Edit 5.13.19.

Hillary did a legit and honest job. At most, she is innocent and did nothing wrong. Love and kindness my friends. Remember, that is Hillary's life, not ours, and we are not to judge her for doing her best. We have all faltered with integrity, indeed. Forgiveness is granted. Amen. 1.15.19

Love thy neighbor as thyself, indeed. 1.15.19

-Mikey Patterson, Boston, Massachusetts. 1.15.19

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vvv
Oct 18, 2018

You've got to be kidding. Yes, blame everyone else. It was "their" fault. Not that you campained poorly and seldom or had bad issues or didn't know your constituents. Or that you are a crook and your husband a sexual pervert. Now it is "We can never be civil". You are the one who hassled President Trump about accepting the outcome of the election. Now who isn't accepting the result of the election? Bleach bit and hammer on.

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AQUILEA777
Oct 05, 2018

In the audio version, Hillary reads with zest, chuckling every few words at her own cleverness. Having lost to a man she had mocked as delusional, she promises new candor and openness. Now at last she can tell the truth. Those who wasted their money and time on her previous books, can rest assured they won't be tricked again. This time she will level with them.
--- Before the election, Hillary was planning her presidential library, where, she told friends, future generations would study her achievements, an awe-inspiring prospect. At an event they both attended two weeks before election day, Hillary boastfully joked that Trump had given the contest away.
--- She assumes she would have won but for Putin and Comey. (She let copies of State Dept emails go on the laptop of child-endangering sex-offender Anthony Weiner, then blamed Comey for revealing it. She also blames the Media for reporting it.)
--- She assures supporters concerned about her fragile female psyche that she is holding up OK. Though swindled by Putin and Comey, she claims to accept the election result philosophically. (In the campaign, she was supposed to be tough as a man, despite repeated faintings. Why are supporters concerned about her morale? Sympathy-seeking in defeat, she would have been merciless in victory.)
--- She denounces Trump's wickedness, comparing him to Stalin and an Orwellian torturer. She deplores the "ugliness" we face with him in charge.
--- She condemns Trump's endless lies and those of other Republicans. She could have resorted to lying herself, but was too pure-hearted for that.
--- She especially blames Trump for doubting Obama's US birth. (From 1991 to 2007, Obama's literary agent advertised his birth in Kenya; it helped sell books. Obama had to be aware of this. Why did he permit it? When he decided to run for president, he changed the story. Hillary-backers raised the issue in 2008. When Trump later took it up, Dems attacked him.)
--- She blames Trump for saying Obama bugged his campaign. (Dems claim Trump's words did not precisely fit the surveillance that actually occurred, and thus he lied.)
--- Hillary lost her own group, White women, by ten points. They remembered how she smeared Bill's victims as "bimbos" and "trailer trash". How did Putin and Comey make that happen?
--- I quit listening a little way in. I wanted to hear her excuse for cheating Bernie, and for calling straight White males "deplorables" at several closed events. But I couldn't take any more of her utterly phony performance.

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green_cat_3454
Jun 21, 2018

LOL mmterry! Couldn't, can't stop laughing. Said it a little differently than I would have though. The truth is Hilary was upset by the underdog and the Dems are still trying to make excuses of why Trump should have lost. Suck it up, you lost, move on.

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

An absolute must read to help you process the election, regardless of your political leanings

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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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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: its very frightening to me how stupid this woman is

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