2016年11月8日，美國總統大選的結果跌破一堆人的眼鏡。希拉蕊．柯林頓的全國選票高於川普，卻在幾個關鍵州以些微選票落後，導致滿盤皆輸的結果。原本該贏的局，為什麼會輸？撰寫希拉蕊．柯林頓傳記HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton的兩位政治記者，在深入探究後，得出的結論是：柯林頓本身該負最大的責任。
Jonathan Allen與Amie Parnes兩位政治線記者，從上到下採訪了競選團隊的相關人士，歸納出柯林頓敗選的原因。其中包括：有什麼樣的關鍵決定以及未把握的機會導致敗局？原本立意良善的企圖卻達不到預期的效果，隱藏在總統之路的荊棘到底是什麼？柯林頓原本勝券在握，最後卻以毫釐之差輸了大選。為什麼她無法將未來願景清楚地傳達給選民？民主黨初選時，與桑德斯的齟齬導致的民粹怒火，為何不能成為殷鑑，助她在大選時獲勝？
It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails.
For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.
Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.
Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.