Hil­lary to ex­plain ‘What Hap­pened’ in new book

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De­feated Demo­cratic White House hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton prom­ises to let her guard down and ex­plain what hap­pened in her shock elec­toral de­feat to Don­ald Trump, in­clud­ing the mis­takes she made, in a book to pub­lished in Septem­ber.

Pub­lish­ers Si­mon and Schus­ter re­vealed last week that the pre­vi­ously un­named tome would be en­ti­tled What Hap­pened and would be the for­mer sec­re­tary of state’s “most per­sonal mem­oir yet”.

“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,” writes Hil­lary in the in­tro­duc­tion.

Her pub­lish­ers said the book would re­veal what Hil­lary thought and felt dur­ing the bruis­ing 2016 cam­paign that saw her make his­tory as the first US woman to win the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion from a ma­jor party.

It will de­scribe “what it was like” to run against 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,” they said in an an­nounce­ment ahead of the Septem­ber 12 re­lease date.

Hil­lary would take the reader “in­side the in­tense per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence” of 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,” Si­mon and Schus­ter added.

The tome will also see Hil­lary dou­ble down on her be­lief that Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence cost her the White House.

Hil­lary has re­peat­edly blamed her loss on Rus­sian cy­ber­at­tacks and has al­leged that as­so­ciates of Trump likely had a hand in the ef­fort.

She also says then-FBI di­rec­tor James Comey dealt her cam­paign a se­vere blow when - just days be­fore the Novem­ber elec­tion - he briefly re­vis­ited an in­quiry into the scan­dal over her use of pri­vate email while at the State De­part­ment.

“Hil­lary shows just how dan­ger­ous the forces are that shaped the out­come, and why Amer­i­cans need to un­der­stand them to pro­tect our val­ues and our democ­racy in the fu­ture,” Si­mon and Schus­ter said.

Trump has re­cently re­vived a cam­paign-era ral­ly­ing cry that his for­mer ri­val be pros­e­cuted, set­ting off alarm bells in Wash­ing­ton and spark­ing ac­cu­sa­tions that he is seek­ing to divert at­ten­tion from the widen­ing probe into his cam­paign’s al­leged ties with Rus­sia.

Clin­ton is the au­thor of five well known pre­vi­ous books, most re­cently Hard Choices pub­lished in 2014 when she held of­fice, as well as An In­vi­ta­tion to the White House and It Takes a Vil­lage, all pub­lished by Si­mon and Schus­ter.

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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