What Happened

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 these pages, 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 readers 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.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Audio,, 2017
ISBN: 9781508239765
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Oct 04, 2018

Hillary reads with zest, chuckling every few words at her own cleverness. Having lost to a man she had mocked as delusional, she promises new candor and openness. Now at last she can tell the truth. Those who wasted their money and time on her previous books, can rest assured they won't be tricked again. This time she will level with them.
--- Before the election, Hillary was planning her presidential library, where, she told friends, future generations would study her achievements, an awe-inspiring prospect. At an event they both attended two weeks before election day, Hillary boastfully joked that Trump had given the contest away.
--- She assumes she would have won but for Putin and Comey. (She let copies of State Dept emails go on the laptop of child-endangering sex-offender Anthony Weiner, then blamed Comey for revealing it. She also blames the Media for reporting it.)
--- She assures supporters concerned about her fragile female psyche that she is holding up OK. Though swindled by Putin and Comey, she claims to accept the election result philosophically. (In the campaign, she was supposed to be tough as a man, despite repeated faintings. Why are supporters concerned about her morale? Sympathy-seeking in defeat, she would have been merciless in victory.)
--- She denounces Trump's wickedness, comparing him to Stalin and an Orwellian torturer. She deplores the "ugliness" we face with him in charge.
--- She condemns Trump's endless lies and those of other Republicans. She could have resorted to lying herself, but was too pure-hearted for that.
--- She especially blames Trump for doubting Obama's US birth. (From 1991 to 2007, Obama's literary agent advertised his birth in Kenya; it helped sell books. Obama had to be aware of this. Why did he permit it? When he decided to run for president, he changed the story. Hillary-backers raised the issue in 2008. When Trump later took it up, Dems attacked him.)
--- She blames Trump for saying Obama bugged his campaign. (Dems claim Trump's words did not precisely fit the surveillance that actually occurred, and thus he lied.)
--- Hillary lost her own group, White women, by ten points. They remembered how she smeared Bill's victims as "bimbos" and "trailer trash". How did Putin and Comey make that happen?
--- I quit listening a little way in. I wanted to hear her excuse for cheating Bernie, and for calling straight White males "deplorables" at several closed events. But I couldn't take any more of her utterly phony performance.

Jun 28, 2018

Author Hillary Clinton tells the world her view of what things contributed to her loss in the 2016 Presidential race. She also shares her political & spiritual views & some memories of her life from childhood to now.

Ok. If you don't know me, you don't know that I'm a staunch Republican. That being said, I am a firm believer in educating myself through all kinds of reading & research. Although I align myself with many of the beliefs associated with the Republican party, I do however think that many people on both sides of the aisle have many similar goals/dreams - the difference comes in our views on what part our government should/shouldn't play in the execution of these goals. Different people, not surprisingly, explain their thoughts in different ways. It is helpful to listen to different perspectives from people on all sides of a topic, not only to understand the basis for which a person is formulating their ideas, but in helping to measure & solidify the reasons for our own beliefs. Am I a Clinton supporter? No. Did I find value in listening to her explain thoughts & ideas? Yes. Did she change my mind about how I feel about these topics? No. For me, that wasn't the point. The point of me reading this book was to practice being willing to hear somebody's ideas, somebody's thoughts however different from my own, & to treat them as a person that is worth caring about through the simple act of listening.

Age recommendation: 14 & up

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 5.

SPPL_Anna Mar 15, 2018

This was a very cathartic listen.

Feb 25, 2018

I liked the audiobook version voiced by HRC. The book is clear and straightforward and surprisingly positive.

Jan 16, 2018

I gave this book two stars because I found it confusing to follow as the author flitted back and forth between quarterbacking the missteps and wrong turns of her 2016 presidential campaign, her family life and self-care, and what the Democratic Party needs to do to win future elections. Clinton is very upfront about her mistakes and how the Democratic Party ran a traditional campaign against a very nontraditional Republican Party candidate. I also gave the book two stars because I got tired and annoyed at hearing the same points hammered over and over again. My husband might be right when he commented that the book must have been written by Clinton's speechwriters after hearing the same points mentioned for the fourth time. As the book neared the end, I felt the author's tone becoming more shrill and righteous.

Dec 17, 2017

I thought I'd sign out the audio book cd version, but with 14 discs I didn't bother, and instead read some of the reviews on Amazon. I would rather see her in the Presidency than the current POTUS, but I am not interested in listening to 14 discs. Most books are only 5 max. LOL.

Nov 29, 2017

Hillary Clinton was past her before due date. She lost the election all by herself. She had so much baggage over the years. Not the least was her husband former President Bill (hound dog) Bill Clinton who took advantage of a young intern, Monica Lewinsky and other women. I watched live as she condemned the women and called them liars and bimbos. No they were not. She amassed enormous wealth through politics with her Clinton Foundation and her political career. Her part in the Benghazi fiasco with Obama where the staff was killed. She was part of the fact that Bernie Sanders did not have a chance in the election. She is what happened. Bye bye Hillary

Sep 30, 2017

Provides an important inside perspective from a central figure in the complex political environment of the 2016 US Election. Historically, this is an seminal work by the first woman nominated for President of the United States by a major political party. This perspective will be added to the many that will be written as time unfolds.

Her previous experience as US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State adds to her accounts on politics and policy. This is a deeply personal reporting.

Sep 26, 2017

Creepy misogynistic comment by luxerustic should be removed. Get a life.

Sep 23, 2017

This is an excellent book and you can see why it is on the top of the bestseller list. She takes responsibility for her part and shows herself to be thoughtful, intelligent and honest . Nothing like the current President .

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Jun 28, 2018

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