Hillary Clinton's Book About Election Loss Is Called 'What Happened'

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July 27, 2017

Hillary Clinton's memoir about her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump will be called What Happened and is set to be released on Sept. 12.

The work is being billed as Clinton's no-holds-barred, tell-all about how and why she fell short of becoming the first woman president, and Clinton has called it the "most personal" book she's written.

"It will also give readers an idea of what it's really like to run for president, especially if you're a woman," she said.

Clinton has blamed a variety of factors for her surprising defeat at Trump's hands, including Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress concerning her private email investigation, sexism, criticism of her paid Wall Street speeches, and poor data from the Democratic National Committee.

A report this week stated that Russia and Comey are two of the cornerstones of the book.

"She really believes that's why she lost," said a longtime Clinton ally. "She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals."

Clinton joked in May that her upcoming book would be her "confession" of her various mistakes on the campaign trail.

"Did I make mistakes? Oh my gosh, yes. You'll read my confession and my request for absolution," Clinton said.