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 Linda Costello on 16-10-17

Revealing and a bit surprising.

This book was not what I was expecting. Hillary opened herself up to the reader in ways that I wished she had on the campaign trail. I saw a vulnerable side to Hillary that the public doesn't usually get t o see. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and no I don't agree that Hillary should "just go away or shut up".

Thank you Hillary for writing this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. Gane on 04-12-17

What Happened After What Happened

I’ve just finished listening to What Happened, as read by Hillary Clinton herself, and I am in tears. Yes, I was an #ImWithHer. And I’m a #StillWithHer, but not for the reasons you might think. Not for the because-I-have-a-vagina reason many of Hillary’s detractors, including Susan Sarandon, try to claim as the only reason any thinking person would be with her. But because I am her. And I have been a fan of Hillary’s since she was First Lady. Ever since she handled herself with a level of class I don’t think many of us would have been capable of. So, sure, I was an easy audience.

But, still, I had questions. I am a married woman and a mother myself. My daughters are 30 and 28, with no grandchildren on the horizon, and I’m okay with that.

I am also mothering two fourteen-year-old boys, one of whom is our nephew. And I know that a country in which a woman was so vehemently attacked for trying to break that highest glass ceiling is a world I don’t want them to perpetuate.

What Happened is the account of the misogyny and sexism and the win-at-any-cost mentality that ruled the GOP’s every moment of the 2016 election and what we’ve seen during Trump’s presidency. That’s why we marched on January 21st of 2017. Not because of our sour grapes, but because we bore witness. And everything Hillary writes in this book is the truth, and she wrote it before the Harvey Weinsteins and the Charlie Roses and the Matt Lauers of the world were outed. In fact, what we bore witness to is the reason they were outed.

What Happened is perhaps the single greatest representation of the state of women at this point in our history. And it’s at once devastating and inspiring. If Hillary can keep going, despite everything they threw and continue to throw at her, then so can we. If you are a woman, if you are responsible for teaching and mentoring women, if you love a woman—a mother, a sister, a wife, a daughter, or a friend—then you should absolutely read What Happened. And you should especially read it if you are 1) Bernie Sanders, 2) any of the aforementioned news and media moguls, or 3) a politician who hopes to get thinking women’s votes ever again. And in case you didn’t know, women are 51% of the population. And we’re the ones who vote in the greatest numbers. Good luck.

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