September 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton cites Margaret Atwood, Gabriel García Márquez, Timothy Snyder, and Susan Bordo in her new book


Hillary Clinton’s new memoir What Happened is a book about running one of the most controversial presidential elections in history — the highs and lows, the twists and turns. You remember; you were there. But it’s also a book about… books.

For Time, Ryan Teague Beckwith collates and categorizes more than thirty books and poems name-checked in What Happened.

They range from classics like Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America to recent bestsellers like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, to our very own The Destruction of Hilary Clinton by Susan Bordo. (Clinton also spoke about Bordo’s book on the “What Now (Part 2)” episode of the campaign podcast “With Her” — right around 13:35.)

There are lots of good reasons to dip into The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, but Bordo’s insights on media narratives, feminism, and misogyny are especially helpful if you were even a little bit surprised by how many people didn’t think Clinton should have written What Happened at all. Regardless of how much better read she is than you-know-who.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.