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Just Read: What Happened By Hillary Clinton

What Happened Review On Novels And Nonfiction

I’m no longer viscerally upset about the 2016 election because I’m a pragmatist – the kind of person who tries to take stock of changed circumstances as soon as possible and adjust their strategy to start again. Of course I’m saddened on a daily basis by some of the actions of the current administration (aren’t we all, or most of us at least), but I’ve let go of the frustration over Hillary’s loss. I think she’d agree that it’s a waste of time at this point. She seems like a pragmatist too and what’s done is done.

However, there’s always room to learn from past events, and I’ve been drawn to books about the election to try to dissect the mechanics of what caused Clinton’s loss. As soon as I heard her memoir on the election was coming out in September, I knew I wanted to read it right away. I didn’t know exactly what to expect having read most of her past memoirs (book list here). They are chock-full of information and expertly written but polished and restrained, very much written by a woman with an eye to a continued future in politics. I though that in What Happened she might let loose a little more, but I was so in love with how out there she is in this memoir that I can’t even fully convey it. I felt that in What Happened, I met the Hillary Clinton we all could glimpse behind the necessary political facade – or at least those of us who cared to look accurately.

A Hillary Clinton Book List To Celebrate How She Made History

Hillary Clinton Book List On Novels And Nonfiction

Hillary Clinton has had a lot of practice being a divisive figure – from those who viewed her as too ambitious and politically involved to make a good first lady, to others who took objection at her decision to pursue a political career for herself after her husband’s presidency. There were many out there ready to believe anything negative said about her, and I’m not just talking about Trump supporters. Even on the democratic side, she was often criticized as being unable to connect emotionally to voters, as being cold and heartless, a political automaton solely motivated by personal glory.

I fall in another camp. From when I decided to pick Wellesley College as my alma mater and found out that Hillary also attended it back in the 1960s, I’ve honestly only admired her for the strength and intelligence she’s demonstrated in every single one of the many and varied phases of her life. It helps that most of the negative stories about her are fabricated or highly misleading, but I think that fundamentally I see myself in Hillary. Though on a different scale, I’ve dealt with the damned if you do and damned if you don’t double-bind that means that I have to be all things to all people at all times somehow in order to be viewed as a ‘successful woman’, whatever that means.

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