December 12, 2017

This is the second installment of deleted Hillary Clinton’s What Happened  reviews on Amazon.com. The only thing I’m going to ask you to do is to go on Amazon and take a look at the positive reviews of the book which Amazon is favoring over the negative reviews. Focus on the number of people who find the positive reviews helpful. Then come back here and look at the number of people who find these negative reviews helpful.

What you will find out is that the truth cannot be hidden, no matter how hard you try to hide it. It becomes clear, when you make the comparison above, that many more people hate Hillary Clinton’s book even as her pal, Jeff Bezos of Amazon tries to help her hide that fact.

1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon wiped out negative reviews

By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2017

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what happened to the negative reviews? Looks like Amazon is censoring. I read this book — a curiosity but lacking true substance and introspection.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Reviews Matter!

By Ms. I want my money back on September 14, 2017

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She makes every excuse under the sun, and why did Amazon delete my first review of this book?

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 1.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as bad as you thought it would be, except a tad worse.

By michael on September 14, 2017

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This book is exactly what we all expected, full of anger and bitterness and no actual remorse or even the hint of personal responsibility. Sure she writes the ubiquitous ” I take full responsibility bla bla bla…”. In fact, she blames everyone but herself. From the Russians to her emails to Kellyann Conway and fake news, no one is left alone. The only good part of this book is the ability to relive the experience of the total and complete takedown of a woman who dedicated her entire life to her own enrichment from a guy who is the exact opposite. Its nothing but poetic justice and this book is great at reliving every moment of it.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time and money

By P. West on September 13, 2017

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A complete waste of time and money. Usually I read a book straight through but this one was so full of vitriol I could barely read through each chapter.

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1.0 out of 5 stars “And I would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

By Tyler T. on September 13, 2017

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Blamefest, but I do enjoy reliving her defeat.

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 2.0 out of 5 stars An Unintentionally Ironic Piece of Literature

By daniel brainard on September 13, 2017

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I would’ve given this one star but didn’t want my review deleted.

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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star

By MICHAEL J MATTIOLI on September 13, 2017

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Just not a good book. Hastily slapped together

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1.0 out of 5 stars My poor Dachshund is still hiding

By Peter on September 13, 2017

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Got the audio book, immediately regretted it. Dogs started howling in almost a painful way, whimpering in a corner. Most people trust dogs right? I would definitely say, if their feelings mean anything, stay away. I swear, my poor little Dachshund hasn’t been this scared since the last bad thunder storm we had but this is worse.

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She got beat by TRUMP….

By stephen m barnes on September 13, 2017

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Absolute garbage.

Blames everyone but herself.

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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING

By John Harrison on September 13, 2017

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Worst book EVER!! BORING AS IT IS I LISTENED THIS AUDIBLE FOR 30 MIN SO BORING! DO NOT BUY SHE LOST THE USA DOESNT WANT HER

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1.0 out of 5 stars “And I would’ve gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

By Tyler T. on September 13, 2017

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Blamefest, but I do enjoy reliving her defeat.

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 2.0 out of 5 stars An Unintentionally Ironic Piece of Literature

By daniel brainard on September 13, 2017

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I would’ve given this one star but didn’t want my review deleted.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why did HRC not ask FB “What happened?”

By Gisela Hausmann on September 12, 2017

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Considering that two days ago, Hillary Clinton said, she won’t run again, one must wonder who she wrote this book for.

20% into the book I’d say she wrote it for herself.Early on she writes,

“… Writing this wasn’t easy. … I couldn’t bear the idea of letting them down. But I did. I couldn’t get the job done,…” (Kindle Locations 44-47)What a self-serving statement!

IT IS easy to write this sentence. There are no news.

While, even in the 21st century, it may still be hard for some to come out that they are gay, have a discriminating disease, or don’t have this or that employment skill it is NOT hard to write what everybody knows anyway.Born in Europe, where everybody has healthcare, I always thought that HRC did ground-breaking work when she explored healthcare for her husband in the Nineties. Also, though I am not a feminist, before November 2016 I must have said a thousand times, “Israel, Pakistan, Liberia, not to talk about European countries have (had) female presidents and chancellors. We have smart women in the US, too. It is time… “Which is why I find it discouraging to read

“… I knew that Republicans had moved much further from the vital center of American politics than Democrats had…”

Interesting. Apparently, HRC was well aware that Democrats weren’t speaking the “voice of the little man” yet when Bernie Sanders united these masses she wasn’t able to take advantage of that.

Some statements in this book are extremely irritating. For instance, Clinton writes about the time before Donald Trump became the Republican candidate,

“…It was impossible to ignore Trump—the media gave him free wall-to-wall coverage…”

Personally, I am irritated that HRC uses the word “FREE.”

Everybody knows how this works; at least l do. Here is my example:

Like Sheryl Sandberg I became a young widow who had to raise her two young children alone

Like Sheryl Sandberg I wrote an inspirational/motivational (multi-award winning) book.

UN-like Sheryl Sandberg I am not a billionaire.

UN-like Sheryl Sandberg I did NOT GET FREE media coverage on every outlet.

Doesn’t everybody know that this is how it works?

*Probably not surprising:

“…And I picked as my running mate Tim Kaine, a Democrat personally opposed to abortion because of his Catholic faith but supportive of women’s rights as a matter of law and policy…”

It appears, HRC tried to cover every base as long as she could avoid picking (for VP) Bernie Sanders who to this day is the United States’ most popular politician. Clearly, she does not like him:

” That gave the advantage to the insurgent left-wing candidacy of Bernie Sanders.”

This phrase “…insurgent left-wing candidacy…” smells like entitlement.

The two party system is one of the United States’ biggest problems but apparently HRC considers people who don’t buy into the “either-or”- election system “insurgents.”

Hmm…

I wasn’t surprised to find out that Clinton is friends with Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook.

Meantime, it turned out that Facebook allowed various actors within Russia to purchase millions of FB ads with the intent to sway the results of the 2016 election.

Certainly, if I was Hillary Clinton I would have called “my friend” Sandberg and said, “WHAT HAPPENED? Did you guys at FB need that money?”

(Which makes one wonder what data FB executives are looking at. Clearly, HRC is a victim of FB’s incompetence or greed.)

In short: Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened” is neither good nor bad. It’s Hillary Clinton’s story of “what happened.”

Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Frustrating

By Lisa Petrison on September 14, 2017

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First, some information about me.

I purchased this book in Kindle format and read the whole thing. I habitually purchase a lot of stuff from Amazon and have written a bunch of other reviews before this one. I have been a Democrat my whole life and have only very, very occasionally voted for Republicans or third-party candidates. I voted for Bill Clinton in both Presidential elections and voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump last year. I have met both of the Clintons a couple of times and spent several hours on a few occasions in very small, private parties where they were in attendance, a few years after they left the White House. I am not a fan of Donald Trump at all and oppose almost everything that he is trying to do. I used to live in Chicago but more recently have been living in the intersection of Iowa and Wisconsin (two states that very well could have gone Democrat in 2016 but of course did not). I saw both Sanders and Trump speak in primary events, and then went to Trump’s “Thank You” event in Des Moines, just to try to get a handle on how people in the Heartland were thinking about him (since it seemed to me that the media were getting it totally wrong).

I think that there are some good things to be said about Hillary Clinton. I do think she is smart. I do think she is diligent and a hard worker. I do think that she really cares about children and about a few other pet issues. I do think that she has been attacked unfairly on a lot of occasions, and that being a woman has made things more difficult for her than they would have been if she were a man.

But still, this book seems to crystallize for me a lot of the problems that I have with Hillary Clinton at this moment in time, and the problems that I have with the Democratic party, and in general why I think that they are currently doing so badly.

Perhaps the biggest problem that I have with the book is that I believe that the title is misleading. Although Clinton does attempt in the book to explain why she lost the election, in the end, she really seems to have no idea.

If instead the book had been called “What Campaigning in the 2016 Election Was Like for Me,” likely I would feel comfortable giving the book another star. Because that is pretty much solely what this book is about. That is, Hillary tells in detail what it was like to campaign for President (what she ate, where she stayed, who she met, what kinds of gifts she bought for family members, what she said, how she made the decisions that she did, what her private reactions were to the things that happened to her). So if the goal of the reader is to learn more about Hillary Clinton, as a person, then perhaps this book is worth reading.

What the book does not do is to provide any reasoned or persuasive discussion on what I see as the key questions that political leaders need to be discussing with regard to the 2016 election and the current state of affairs. Such as: Why is it that both the Democratic and Republican parties nominated candidates with such abysmal popularity ratings? Why is it that the majority of people are so unhappy with both political parties? What is it about Bernie Sanders that makes him continue to be the most popular (by far) well-known politician in America? In what ways might the Democratic party change in order to be more likely to win elections? Or, in what ways might the Republican party change in order to prevent people like Trump from winning elections?

Clinton does not focus at all on any of these questions, except in the most superficial way. There is nothing on them here that has not already been hashed to death in the Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) and other newspapers that I consider to be very strongly biased in terms of the Democratic party elites who chose Clinton to be their nominee.

In my opinion, the biggest question that Clinton does not discuss at all in this book is how much the Democratic party has turned all of its focus toward the goal of making rich people (like Jeff Bezos, no?) even richer, and giving crumbs to the rest of the population. Clinton avoids pretty much all discussion of this topic, and while she devotes a whole chapter to discussing the issue of her emails, she never brings up the Goldman Sachs speeches at all.

Instead, she spends a good chunk of the book criticizing Bernie Sanders and trying to figure out how she could have acted differently during the campaign in order to more efficiently do away with him. Not once in the book does she consider the possibility that perhaps the reason that Sanders was popular was because the Democratic party (as well as the Republican party) had focused too much of its attention on the 1% (or, more specifically, the 0.0001%) and had left the rest of the population out in the cold.

I’m not saying that I would have expected her to reach that conclusion. But it does not seem to be a question that even entered her mind, from what I can tell from the book.

In general, the impression that I get from this book about Clinton in general – in terms of her political life and her personal life – is that she believes she is right about everything, that she is very very defensive about the idea that she is right about everything, and that she is very slow to change in the face of new information.

Perhaps it is just because I am a lot more focused on diet than most people, but the idea of her eating an egg-white omelet every morning really seemed odd to me. Even the mainstream media seems convinced that egg yolks are not something to be concerned about and very well may be the best part of the egg, at this point.

Later, she says that when reporters get sick, she insists that they drink ginger ale and eat crackers, and sends the State Department doctor to treat them with Cipro and antinausea drugs. All of those are the LAST things that I would use if I got sick, and the idea of Hillary Clinton forcing them on me anyway makes me feel wonder what other kinds of outmoded, counterproductive things she would have tried to force on the American public had she become President.

Because if there is one thing that I think comes across in this book, it is that she thinks that her own viewpoints are the only legitimate ones. “One time, Liz brought something I hadn’t tried before: Flavor Blasted Goldfish,” she said. “We passed around the bag and discussed whether it was better than the original. Some of my staff thought yes, which was incorrect.”

Of course, that was a joke, but like all good jokes, I think there is a lot of truth in it.

And that, if I were going to answer the question of “What Happened,” that would be key to it.

That is, that for the average Joe in the Heartland, Hillary Clinton came across as basically saying, “I know better than you what you need, and I am going to force it upon you whether you like it or not. And if you don’t like it, that is too bad. Because regardless of what you think of me, you cannot vote for Trump.”

And that is just plain not a winning argument. Once you diss people in that way, they would vote for Satan himself rather than you, just because you have pissed them off in so doing.

I do hope that Hillary Clinton finds something constructive to do with the rest of her life, because I think that in the right position, she would have a lot to contribute.

But in terms of being President – I think that it was her hubris as well as her determinedly neoliberal focus that lost the election for her. And so it is just too bad that she is unwilling to see or incapable of seeing that in the discussion in this book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Long winded and self-indulgent. Pass on this one.

By Skis on September 15, 2017

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I voted for her. And I can understand that the days after were personally horrific. I certainly would have counseled her to keep a journal and work through the pain.

But I wouldn’t have encouraged her to publish it.

A good editor would have gone a long way on this project; either cutting it by 2/3rds of trite, yawn inducing drivel, or by passing on the book altogether.

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2.0 out of 5 stars This pretty much sums up the book

By Manuel Beiro on September 14, 2017

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I’m a non-partisan who has actually read this book and have to agree with many of the negative reviews here. This pretty much sums up the book:

1) It was MY turn

2) The campaign was absolutely impeccable..without any flaws whatsoever

3) It was everyone else’s fault

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 .0 out of 5 stars Review Deleted–Again

By BabaLa on September 14, 2017

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I wrote a verified purchase review and it has been deleted 3 times. If Amazon doesn’t like what we have to say, don’t ask for input.

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1.0 out of 5 starsBoring and Long

ByCocoon September 15, 2017

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This book just not very good Very long and really doesn’t have a point other than explaining that Hillary takes no blame for her own presidental loss. It is a sad attempt to explain a poorly ran campaigne . I would not recommend this book. Also why won’t Amazon allow bad reviews for a not good book ? Why the censorship 🤔

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 1.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in the fiction section.

By Tony H on September 15, 2017

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an amazing work of fiction.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best list of excuses I’ve ever read.

By Dillon Robinson on September 14, 2017

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It’s an incredible look at how hard a person can work to come up with every reason possible why everyone else is to blame.

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 .0 out of 5 stars Nothing new-and a lots of fluff

By analyst1946 on September 15, 2017

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Only a fraction of the book is really inside stuff which is knew.If you read the reviews by the major news papers you basically know whats in the book,One chapter about her make-up and hairstyling ????? At least 50% of the book has nothing to do with the election.I think she would have made an excellent president but does she really need to write books like—-is it for money only? I certainly did not learn anything.

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  • Oh God. I don’t know what to do as I have a lot of of work to do next week semester. Plus the university exams are close, it will be a disaster. I am already being nervous maybe I should site to calm down a little bit. Hopefully it will all go well. Wish me luck.

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