Donald Trump’s upset electoral victory last November came as a surprise to many people — including his favored opponent, Hillary Clinton. This fall, Clinton will finally tell her side of the story in a new memoir, aptly titled What Happened.
The simplicity of the title conveys the magnitude of Clinton’s loss. Having made history as the first female presidential candidate of a major party in the U.S., she ultimately failed to win the White House itself. According to CBS, Clinton will use the book to describe “what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterwards.”
Here’s how Clinton herself describes the book’s essence in the introduction: “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.”
Clinton is not the first author to tackle the 2016 election in book form, of course. Earlier this year, journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes published Shattered, an inside-look at the various dramas and failures of the Clinton campaign. Meanwhile, the Game Change team of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will tackle the 2016 election in their third such book, due out early next year with an HBO adaptation to follow.
What Happened is due out Sep. 12 from Simon & Schuster.