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What Happened

What Happened

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.

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Rating: 4/5

“My mistakes burn me up inside. But as one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, says, while our mistakes make us want to cry, the world doesn’t need more of that.”

What Happened is an honest, straightforward, passionate retelling of Hillary Rodham Clinton's experiences leading up to the 2016 election. She tells us why she always loved working in public service, how and why she decided to run for President, the way it felt to have Donald Trump "loom" over her onstage, and her frustration when the media focused on one thing—emails—rather than any of the policy-related things she said or believed. I am glad that I listened to the audiobook version, as she read it herself.

The book obviously leans to the Left, which makes sense, as I wouldn't expect her to abandon her stances just because the election is over. But I was glad that she didn't attack anyone, and she didn't point fingers without at least one thumb pointing back at herself—a lot of data to back up her claims.

Most importantly, she offers her perspective on the way forward. She is honest about how her despair and her hope have battled lately, but she has constructive and concrete recommendations for anyone who feels the same.

I walked away from this book with a lot more admiration for her as a person, and I'm very glad I read this book.

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