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What Happened

Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Hillary Rodham Clinton drops her guard and tells her side of history in this vulnerable personal account of the 2016 US presidential election.


What Happened

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton


Until the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Rodham Clinton was not known for her vulnerability. But now, after years of building a tough-as-nails reputation, the former first lady and secretary of state finally lets down her guard.

Clinton is a veteran politician, lawyer, and author, who has served as U.S. secretary of state, senator of New York, and first lady. In 2016, she was the Democratic Party's nominee for president, ultimately losing to Donald Trump.

What Happened is an unwavering account of how an election everyone thought was unlosable was lost. More than a play-by-play of election highlights, the book is an indictment of sexism, the failures of contemporary media, and political malfeasance. While accepting her loss, Clinton wants us to examine the reasons behind it so that another highly qualified woman might one day succeed where she failed.

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We helped bring into the mainstream the idea of a woman leader for our country. ... That was worth it. I will never think otherwise. The fight was worth it.

- Hillary Rodham Clinton

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