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What Happened

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"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." (Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened)

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in 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. This is her most personal memoir yet.

In this audiobook she describes what it was like to run against Donald 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 afterward. With humor and candor, she tells listeners what it took to get back on her feet - the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, 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.

The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath - both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

©2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Jennifer A Werner 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    Good read to give insight to Hillary, the state of our country (or her take on it) and analysis of the campaign.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent "

    I was skeptical about listening to this book but wow it’s so good. Would highly recommend to everyone!

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    Sybil Holland 10-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Especially If You Did Not Vote For Her"

    In this book Hillary addresses head on the many criticisms leveled against her over the years by her critics as well as her disgruntled and confused sometime supporters. I came away a believer and regretting the times I doubted her. Her intelligence, compassion, experience and desire to have served all Americans filled me with profound regret for what might have been. Sadly, those who would learn most from this book I fear will never read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I. Jancan 10-23-17
    I. Jancan 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Underwhelming"

    It is difficult to review this book without reflecting on the current political climate in which it exists. However, I will do my best. I am somewhat ambivalent toward Hillary Clinton. This stems from my expectations of this book, and its very real shortcomings. Even for someone who supported her during election, it is difficult to hear some passages without rolling my eyes. Most notably, when Clinton describes her relationships with friends and family, her lifelong achievements, and her policy positions for the betterment of the country, it comes off as.... too perfect. It is akin to asking someone in a job interview what their greatest weakness is, and they respond with "I often work too hard." Therefore, if you're looking for candid admissions of real flaws and hardships, you won't find them in this book.

    There are a few other things that this book does not contain. Unlike some reviewers have mentioned, it does not contain blame shifting. Clinton does take full responsibility for her failure to win. She takes responsibility for having that "damn email" server, for being wary of the press, for not being able to connect with rural voters, for her "coal jobs" gaffe.

    This book also does not contain any hints to her future endeavors, and yet reads eerily like we may be seeing more of Hillary Clinton. Especially in her remark that "Putin has not had the last laugh yet." While this is not an issue for me, I leave it for others to decide whether this is a good thing or not.

    This book does contain a thorough description of Clinton's days after the election, her thoughts on the Russian investigation, many references to Trump (none all too flattering), a brief history of her public service, her viewpoints on some big issues our country faces today, and anecdotes from her mother's life. It also contains a few swear words, which gave me a brief chuckle in hearing Clinton read them.

    Overall, this book probably won't change your mind on Clinton, and it isn't really supposed to. I think it is worth a read (or a listen).

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    A.C.V. 10-23-17
    A.C.V. 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Delusional "

    This is a story about a woman who would be king. Unfortunately, it did not happen thanks to the foresight of our founding father that quelled her popularity to size. She blamed men and everyone but herself for losing a sure-thing election. Hillary’s zealous confidence was encouragement from her liberal, wealthy buddies, DEM party, media to innermost workings of the DNC authority, which acted on her behalf with no real consequences to sink a socialist-wolf candidate in a democrat sheep’s clothing. In all, this book and narration was her only rationalization as a five-star cathartic act to sling blame for everything gone badly wrong.

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    Miss Martini USA 10-23-17
    Miss Martini USA 10-23-17
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    "resist. persist. "

    needed this. it made me hopefully but also angry at where our country is headed at the moment. vote. stay engaged even though everyday we face a new horror with this administration and Congress. it's going to be tough but if we want to protect democracy we need to be.hopeful. stronger together.

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-17
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    "Strong Together"

    Keep Going H! Thank you for your service and paving the way for us all. Together we will make the impossible possible again.

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    Nerdpool 10-22-17
    Nerdpool 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not really dissapointing"

    I can't say I went into reading this book with the idea that Mrs. Clinton wouldn't play the blame game, but she did. As for the parts where she spoke of her family, it was an sore attempt to win the readers to her side.

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    zoey74 DC 10-22-17
    zoey74 DC 10-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "You'll learn something."

    I wanted to read or listen to this because I felt we owed it to ourselves to have the full picture of the 2016 election, and as the first woman nominated for a major party, what Hillary has to say she be listened to. The coverage of Trump even now is more than disappointing and I wanted to actually hear intelligent commentary and arguments for and against everything that happened. Contrary to what Fox News would have you believe, this is not a book about her just blaming everyone but herself. She affirms repeatedly throughout that the loss is her fault and she clearly feels horrible about having "let so many people down". What's more, I was surprised to learn quite a few things about Hillary and she and I turned out to have more in common than I first thought. She's clearly intelligent and articulate and the contrast between what could have been and what we have now is stark. She also goes into "what to do now" for the liberal agenda so it leaves you with many things to think about. Love her or hate her, if you're capable of actually really listening, you'll come away appreciating that you did so for this.

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    Anonymous 10-21-17
    10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What Happened? "

    I started reading the book but decided to listen on Audible for the remaining half. Enjoyed hearing Clinton’s words from her. Despite what some have said this isn’t a novel about it being “everyone else’s fault but her own.” Sec. Clinton takes a lot of the blame and shoulders much of the responsibility of how the campaign was laid out. She discusses how she campaigned and who her team members were. I like her voice in this novel because she isn’t holding back, afraid of making people angry. She tells it like she saw it. Sec. Clinton did discuss funny things like breakfast because as she states people would ask her those types of questions all the time. She wrote of her concerns about the present administration, Russia and Comey’s influence. When I listened to this and knowing what’s happening currently it served to make me more concerned with our present government. She ends the book with how to get involved and how to stay the course. Overall, great read/listen.

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  • Jessica
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    9/16/17
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    "Intimate, revealing, well-crafted"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a wonderful piece of writing, high quality memoir and history. HRC's performance is great -- wonderful to have her voice telling her story. As for the content... well, it is very distressing to re-live the loss and see what leadership the world could have had. But I found spending time with her company very nourishing, and I felt stronger afterwards and ready to try and make a difference to world. Not on a Hillary scale, obviously, but just in my small world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are tossing up between book and audiobook, get the audiobook.

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  • Gray Emma
    9/16/17
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    "A good listen"

    Naturally this book won't be for everyone, but as a Canadian observer of US politics, I found Clinton's book to be intriguing, and very insightful. In particular, her observations on what women face in political life - and indeed in all aspects of life - were frank, trenchant and fair-minded. Those who voted against her, whether in the primaries or in the general election, will doubtless find much to mock or critique, but I think her story is interesting and worth listening to.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Owen Williams
    9/19/17
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    "Terrifying"

    A brilliant insight into the Clinton campaign and the 2016 US presidential elections.
    Recognising that this is a one-sided account, some of the information about Russian hacking, the inability of the media to be unbiased and the obsession with Clintons emails put a new spin of horror into the result of the election and a strong warning for the future of US and western democracy!
    Even if you are not a Hillary fan (I wasn't), even if you're a Bernie or die supporter, even if you're someone who has always voted republican, this is a must read/listen/share!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • "maggie_888_2000"
    10/20/17
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    "Insightful and honest"

    A riveting and vital read if you care to understand the many things that contributed to the 2016 US election result. As ever, Hillary expertly explains the many factors that coloured the campaign - never shying away from the nuance that is necessary to expose the full picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manavendra Pathania
    London, UK
    10/20/17
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    "Not what it purports to be"

    It is awful that she lost but this book spends far too much not discussing why and then primarily discussing external factors, not internal. There is a whole chapter on Chelsea Clinton which makes no sense in the context of this book unless she is being positioned to run for something. Hillary says she takes the blame for faults in her campaign but they are barely described. I don't think you will be much wider having read this: it is another example of Hillary not opening up and being real. for example she says her campaign team was amazing: everywhere. how can that be reconciled with such poor results in key states. if not intending to be fulsome, it may have made sense to wait a little until she could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MC733
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    10/15/17
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    "Pleasantly surprised ! "

    Fascinating perspective on the issues that were important to Hillary during the election and her life experiences that shaped those views. Hearing her read her own stories makes it real and I find her very authentic. Her views on her family, motherhood, grand motherhood, her husband, women’s rights, gun laws etc. resonate with my own opinions. I have a new found admiration for her, whatever her critics say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Omar Tillo
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    10/15/17
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    "Empty book, waste of time and space"

    Don’t waste your time and money. You’d expected to learn something new, or behind the scene facts. It was an empty regurgitation of the election camping, empty promises, blaming, moaning and boring. Honestly I learned much more from reading the comedian Kevin Heart and Rob Webb’s memoirs than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. J. Craig
    Dorset, England
    10/13/17
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    "Insightful"

    Despite the hoping that H would not blame Trump for the short comings in her election it was evidently going to happen but surprisingly not as frequent as expected. A fair and balanced range of opinions and quotes summarised the race of the decade. I now feel I know why she did not win. She lacks a sense of force which is a shame when trying to focus attention. This saying I did not want H to act in accordance with Trump but give an authority to show she could control how a story developed, such as the stupid email scandal. The best candidate did not win in my opinion. Narrated well and enjoyable. Showing a broad and in depth journey of the election. Very much appreciated the more intricate details that could not have been worked out, i.e. Not quotes, could have been seen on tv. Such as what she ate, her recollections with meeting people and her inner voice, making it all the more honest and personal!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle baker
    10/10/17
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    "An honest and insightful look at what happened"

    Hillary Clinton gives her side of the story, obviously, if you want another side, read someone else's. Im a big Fan already, and was so shocked when the election was lost, this book, brilliantly narrated by Hillary herself, is a comprehensive look at the campaign from her side of the fence. She is very honest about her mistakes and her feelings and not once does she ask us to 'feel sorry' for her.
    I highly recommend this book. As a non- US national it has left me ith further questions about the role Comey played in the election and as a global citizen it has given me huge worries about the interference and hacking by Russia not only to the US but also other nations, like the UK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/9/17
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    "Incredible book by an incredible woman"

    An absolute must read for all those interested in progressive politics and the story of one its leading lights

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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