Title: What Happened
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
From Simon & Schuster: 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.
My Review: Hillary Clinton continues to blow me away! Listening to WHAT HAPPENED, which she narrates (I love when authors narrate their own books!) is exactly the book I needed in my life right now with the deplorable political climate in the U.S., and no improvement in immediate sight.
I have been a strong supporter of the Clinton’s since 1992, my final year of high school, the year I could legally vote and I voted for Bill Clinton, both terms. I admired Hillary as an incredibly strong First Lady and later U.S. Senator. My admiration for her blossomed when she announced her run for presidency in 2007. The last time the country had any shred of hope of a woman candidate dates back to Geraldine Ferraro’s run for Vice President in 1984. 1984 people!!
What Happened is authentic, insightful, sharp, and a painful reminder women are still trying to penetrate the glass ceiling. It’s also a hard core look at the radical political climate. This book is excellent and important. Read (or listen) to this book!