book review

So I just read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton and…

So I just read What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton and it was interesting for sure. A lot of people have asked me if I liked the book and what it was like the best way I could explain it was that it was a strange read and not at all what I expected. Let’s start with the blurb:

For the first time, 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 the book she was very honest, talking about not just the election on a public level but also taking time out to talk about her personal life. Clinton takes time to talk about how the election affected her personally and her family. It was nice to hear about the email scandal and the debates from her point of view right from her mouth, not whatever we hear from the press. Though I guess that’s a double edged sword, the person telling the story is always the hero. 

That being said I still, after a couple of weeks to think things over, can’t decide if I liked the book or not. For all it’s an interesting book it comes across as sometimes like she’s rambling and other times extremely pointless. Chapters are filled with descriptions of her daughter but with no context as what this had to do with the election. I don’t know if maybe I just went into this book expecting something different, expecting to read more about the rivalries and controversies, or because this was marketed as something very different from what it really was. 

Things like the email scandals were talked about as I mentioned and it did scratch an itch for me but it felt like it was brushed aside, more time being used to blame the press for not talking about them in a more effective way. 

Also, I felt like the format of the book was all over the place slightly. The first 3rd was written using chapters and subchapters, there was an interesting part in the middle that used quotes from the press and other people as writing prompts and this was probably my favorite part as it allowed Clinton to be a little more humorous in a question and sarcastic answer kind of way and the final part used sub titles for each paragraph. I would have loved to see the whole book written in the ‘writing prompt’ format. 

It is a really good book and I would suggest anyone interested in americal politics or anyone interested in the Trump/Clinton to read this book. She’s an interesting woman and I really do think the book is good but I say as a word of warning that this book did leave me feeling a little unsatisfied. Maybe this wasn’t the right book for me, I actually went into Waterstones with a £14 voucher and I wanted to buy Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff but found it to be too expensive so settled on this book. Maybe that was my downfall. 

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