Hillary Clinton and Simon & Schuseter announced the title for her memoir on the 2016 presidential election, and it’s already available to pre-order two months before its release. The book doesn’t come out until September 12, but you can already order your copy of What Happened.
The book is already available to order at Amazon here. Simon & Schuster also released a very short excerpt from Clinton’s introduction to the book:
In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.
Simon & Schuster bills the book as Clinton’s “most personal memoir yet,” adding that it gives her perspective on one of the most remarkable elections in American history. Clinton was the first woman nominated for president by a major party, and faced Donald Trump, who had no political experience but still won the election.
“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,” the publisher’s synopsis reads.
Simon & Schuster also promises that Clinton plans on covering the Russia’s “unprecedented assault on our democracy,” referencing Russia’s meddling in the election.
Clinton Signed a deal to write a book of personal essays in February 2017. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Forbes reported that Clinton and President Bill Clinton have earned over $23 million for their previous books. Bill Clinton was paid $15 million for his book My Life.
Clinton previously blamed Russia’s role as one of the reasons for her surprising loss, telling an audience during a talk in New York in April that she also thought misogyny, Wikileaks and former FBI Director James Comey’s letter about looking into her emails related to the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
“I didn’t fully understand how impactful that was and so it created doubts in people,” Clinton said in April of Russia’s “weaponizing of information.” “But then the Comey letter coming as it did — just 10 days before the election — really raised questions in a lot of people.”
Clinton’s previous memoirs include It Takes a Village, which was first published while she was First Lady; 2004’s Living History; and 2014’s Hard Choices, which is about her tenure as Secretary of State. She also collaborated with Marla Frazee on a picture book version of It Takes A Village.
Clinton served as New York Senator before she ran against President Barack Obama in 2008, and was later his first Secretary of State. Clinton Won the popular vote with over 65 million votes, but lost in the Electoral College, 304 to 227.