NONFICTION

What Happened

S. & S. 2017. 512p. index. ISBN 9781501175565. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501175572. POL SCI
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Readers will find here much more than an analysis or explanation of the unexpected outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Clinton certainly addresses the campaign and its many twists and turns, but she also provides background on her path to becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major political party. She methodically describes the obstructions she faced, such as the traditional resistance to female officeholders at all levels, Russia's weaponized information, and the unique complications presented by her use of a private email account during her service as Secretary of State. One fascinating section describes a nearly hour-by-hour schedule for a typical day in the life of a presidential candidate. Clinton presents extensive statistics to demonstrate the inaccuracy of reasons offered by pundits for her loss, such as her unpopularity. She believes that winning three million more votes than the successful candidate dispels that interpretation. Throughout the book, Clinton describes the frustration her campaign experienced when her legislative message was constantly overshadowed by media coverage of her email mistakes or other nonissue-related stories. Clinton provides an engaging narrative about her background and effort to attain the country's highest office as well as a revealing expression of her emotions following her defeat.
VERDICT Readers interested in learning about the 2016 presidential campaign and Clinton will find this to be a satisfying and informative book.

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