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* “What Happened” chronicles the events leading up to the 2016 election
* Memoir offers a no-holds-barred look at what went wrong
* The first tell-all to come from the presidential race
No matter which side of the political fence you sit on, there’s no denying the recent presidential election was one of the most polarizing in history. “In the past, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public. Now I’m letting my guard down.” So writes Hillary Clinton in her new memoir, which offers an unprecedented inside look at the events leading up to the highly controversial 2016 presidential election.
“What Happened” shows Clinton at her most vulnerable, but also at her most open — speaking candidly about the events leading up to her loss, she also places a heavy focus on her own role in the defeat. The book is full of introspective reflections, as well as personal moments that include everything from her favorite quotes to the type of hot sauce she likes to carry around (it’s Ninja Squirrel Sriracha, btw).
“There has never been a candidate memoir like this,” quotes The Washington Post.
“It is a post-mortem, in which she is both coroner and corpse. It is a feminist manifesto. It is a score-settling jubilee…. It is worth reading,” states The New York Times.
The Atlantic calls it, “cautiously diaristic” but also “a political memoir in the tritest traditions of the genre.”
The book has been received with a whirlwind of acclaim. However, some readers may be a little less jubilant. One Amazon reviewer said there was “nothing new that we haven’t heard from her and her minions before,” while another said it was “lacking substance and introspection.”
Truthfully, your appreciation for this book (or lack therefore) will likely stem from your overall opinion of Hillary Clinton as a politician and presidential candidate. If you voted for her, then you’ll surely find reason enough to appreciate this well-written and well-thought-out introspective. If you didn’t, well, this memoir is unlikely to sway your opinion.
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