Summary

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Rozzi on 30-12-17

Fascinating but too long

This is so worth listening to but be prepared to invest a lot of time. Hillary reading it adds interest to the narration. It's not just the insights into the US election but what she has to say about living with such a devastating loss and coping with the barrage of insults and lies. Thank you Hillary.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Manavendra Pathania on 20-10-17

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By AmazonBuyer on 30-10-17

Important perspective from an excepcional woman

I hesitated about starting this book, as reviews emphasized “looking back in anger”. Well I’m glad I heard it through as I find Mrs. Clinton’s arguments compelling and her ongoing commitment, and, yes, disillusion, genuine, and oddly uplifting. I find the book balanced and thorough.
Still with her!!! Onward together!

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5 out of 5 stars
By LLK on 16-10-17

Heartfelt and raw

Excellent. Thought several times that reliving some of these memories felt “too soon,” as my heart felt like it was rebreaking several times throughout. To those that claim Hillary is too bitter in this book, there were touches of her pain in the first half, no doubt. But the second half presents a lot of hope and optimism that’s anything but bitter. I highly recommend.

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