• Both/And

  • A Life in Many Worlds
  • By: Huma Abedin
  • Narrated by: Huma Abedin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,060 ratings)

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A New York Times best seller, this extraordinary memoir from Huma Abedin - Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor - offers “a gripping testament to the power of a woman finding her voice, owning her ambition, and sharing her truth” (Glennon Doyle).

Abedin’s stunning memoir garnered an extraordinary amount of media coverage, with appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, the Today show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Christiane Amanpour, and coverage in many other outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR.

The daughter of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals and advocates, Abedin grew up in the United States and Saudi Arabia and traveled widely. Both/And grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, motherhood - and work - with wisdom, sophistication, grace, and clarity.

Abedin launched full steam into a college internship in the office of the First Lady in 1996, never imagining that her work at the White House would blossom into a career in public service, nor that her career would become an all-consuming way of life. She thrived in rooms with diplomats and sovereigns, entrepreneurs and artists, philanthropists and activists, and witnessed many crucial moments in 21st-century American history - Camp David for urgent efforts at Middle East peace in the waning months of the Clinton administration, Ground Zero in the days after the September 11 attacks, the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States, and the convention floor when America nominated its first female presidential candidate.

Abedin’s relationship with Hillary Clinton has seen both women through extraordinary personal and professional highs, as well as unimaginable lows. Here, for the first time, is a deeply personal account of Clinton as mentor, confidante, and role model. Abedin cuts through caricature, rumor, and misinformation to reveal a crystal-clear portrait of Clinton as a brilliant and caring leader, a steadfast friend, generous, funny, hardworking, and dedicated. 

Both/And is “the story of a person of substance - someone determined to tell her own story” (The New York Times) including the heartbreaking chronicle of her marriage to Anthony Weiner, what drew her to him, how much she wanted to believe in him, the devastation wrought by his betrayals - and their shared love for their son.

Abedin’s journey through the opportunities and obstacles, the trials and triumphs, of a full and complex life is a testament to her profound belief that in an increasingly either/or world, she can be both/and. Abedin’s compassion and courage, her resilience and grace, her work ethic and mission are an inspiration to women of all ages.

©2021 Huma Abedin. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Interview: Huma Abedin Thinks We Should Be Defiantly Optimistic

'I try to show people what it was like walking into the White House the first time.'
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Amazing book, absolutely recommended!

I didn’t know much about the author other than what I had heard in passing in the news. This book is extremely well written and is coupled with excellent narration, and brings a nuanced, deep, clear and revelatory perspective to the life, service and experience of a veritable patriot and lifelong public servant. Truly outstanding memoir, recommended unequivocally to everyone regardless of their political leanings and prior understanding of the author and her work or life.

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A Great Listen

This is a very well-written and comprehensive memoir that gives us great insight into all of the main political and ancillary personalities that have impacted modern Democratic politics. Ms. Abedin has opened her life and her heart in this book, and I found her to be an extraordinarily compassionate and compelling orator of one of the most impactful stories in American history.

I am now a huge fan of Huma Abedin the Author, as well as Huma Abedin the woman who lived both a personal and political tragedy at the same time and came through the other side a woman who has maintained her Faith in Allah/God and Humanity as well.

Well done Ms. Abedin, well done indeed.

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Beautiful read

I loved it, couldn't stop listening. So heartfelt and real, Huma feels like a friend.

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A must read!

An amazing personal story …..beautifully told. One of the best books I have ever read!

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Great story and inspiring!

I had a hard time putting this down! I don’t think Huma should have read it, but I’m sure she was told about her options. Straight from the house’s mouth though!

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Human Power = Woman

Powerful account of human spirit in addition to a learning experience to this great country political challenges. Bravo Huma Adedin!

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Enlightened

Huma 's autobiography was excellent, her performance had me enthralled from the first chapter. I learned a lot about HRC. She would have been a much better President.

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Amazing

Huma Abedin is a relentless woman who exemplifies perseverance. This is a well- constructed rendition of a story with many overlapping plot lines. Huma is a model of strength for all women! Thank you for sharing your story!

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Amazing

What an inspiring story. This is the fastest I’ve ever gone through a book on Audible. I couldn’t stop listening.

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A true pleasure!

She is a beautiful writer with so many experiences to share! I cried a few times, but she is her own hero! A true inspiration and role model to all women!

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