What Happened by Hillary Rodham ClintonWhat Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened

byHillary Rodham Clinton

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and Senato...
Title:What HappenedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Significant and Candid A must-have book written by Hillary Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok Not what I was expecting. Hoping for a little self-reflectivity but Clinton wants to place the blame on everyone else.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from About more than just politics Ended up listening to this on audiobook, and I am glad that I did. It added something to the book hearing Hillary read it. This book was an amazing insight as to how one can deal and heal after something so devastating as the 2016 election. As well, it was an intriguing commentary about "what happened" from her point of view. Say what you want about her politics, but Hillary Clinton is a strong woman who can teach the world much about love, equality, perseverance, and recovery.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read I was really surprised about how much I liked reading this. I felt that her story was humbling and honest. I thought that this book may have a lot of annoying resentment towards Trump but I was very please to see that this was not the case. I think that Hillary Clinton would have been a great President to the people for the people of America. It is crazy to learn all the things that happened during the campaign but I recommend you all to read this with an open mind.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read if you enjoy the Hilary Clinton Story the story is very interesting from her perspective. she owns everything that happened to her.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This book is what you expect it to be: Clinton's perspective of what happened during the 2016 US Presidential Election. It was well written and easy to read but no new surprises and we didn't learn anything that we already didn't know.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I waited a long time to get this book from the library and boy was I disappointed. Hillary Clinton is so full of herself it's no wonder she lost the election. Don't bother to spend money on this book reading it will be a waste of your time.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wasn't so great. This book isn't as good as people are saying it is.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult! A great read. A little difficult to comprehend at some times but overall a good read.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than i expected Expected it to be a dry political read but it was an interesting take on the election. Even though her position was biased which is what I expected it was a fun point of view to read about. Certain chapters were less interesting but you can easily skip chapters that you don't particularly like.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Interesting read. It wasn't what I thought it would be but still a good book if you're interested about the ins and outs of a political campaign.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from She keeps blaming others Hillary keeps blaming other people for not winning elections, but honestly - it's her own fault. She did not play the game well and she lost. That's all.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learn about Hillary's life and perspective I didn't know too much about Hillary Clinton when I bought this, but I feel like I know her now. There are some touching moments in this book (and some chapters are a bit dry if you're not too into the behind the scenes of a political campaign). All in all a good read if you're interested in her perspective of the last election and politics in general.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I picked up this book out of curiosity and I was surprisingly pleased. It was interesting to see her side of the story throughout the election. Thought provoking and introspective.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from no pointing fingers is not the way to resolve issues
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very interesting, i enjoyed this book
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Very interesting..thught-provoking
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A very comprehensible look at the time leading up to the American election of 2016 and its aftermath. Hillary breaks down everything from her perspective--remember, it IS from her perspective, so if you did not support her, you need to keep this in mind. I know that some people thought it would comprise a lot of blame and finger-pointing, but that is not what I saw. She did take responsibility, and stated this several times. She stated facts (not fake news--facts) that are still being further investigated right now, that influenced and affected the election. **The reason that I didn't give it a full five stars was just because I found it a little hard to read at times. However, this was just because my knowledge of the American political scene before and during this election was not too deep and I had to reread and do some of my own research. Still a great read though.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-Provoking I wish I had known all these things about the election before it happened. And I am not even American. Rodham Clinton bares her soul about the election, yes, but also on motherhood, being a daughter, being a woman in politics, and the charity work that she still holds dear. I found it to be an engaging read.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenominal Read I could not put this book down! It was amazing!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal perspective This was a great read. I loved hearing Clinton’s perspective on what went wrong. The double standards she was asked to overcome were infuriating. As we now know, the election was largely out of her hands, and I think this book does an incredible job of explaining from the inside that she was set up to fail. An important lesson for all women determined to break the glass ceiling.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I bought this when it first came out . I'm glad I did . It helped see a softer - real side of Hillary . If she had shown this during the campaign I can't help but wonder if the outcome would have been different . As a Canadian reading American politics I can't help compare our cultural differences . Highly recommend the book.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it! Great book, very honest memoir
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Would definitely recommend. Truthful account of Hillary's experience during the 2016 campaign and where we go from here. Important read.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book to read Great book to read what happened behind-the-scenes and how she really felt.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not really what I was expecting It felt more that everyone was to blame and nothing was her fault. Didn't really enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important Read An important read with a behind-the-scenes view of one of the most influential women in the world.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Read a lot like a YA novel...
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic. I absolutely loved this book. People who say she doesn't take responsibility - seriously, what more do you want??? It's so frustrating that a woman in politics is told to shut up and go away, but no one says that to Mitt Romney, Al Gore or John McCain, who are still kicking, and still have opinions, even after they've lost presidential races (a point Hillary makes better in the book). Everyone should read this book. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! enjoyed hearing what happened. Hillary is truly genuine and raw in this book. #imwithher
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An OK read! Interesting but not quite true to the expectations.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Interesting but not quite true to the expectations.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #ImWithHer Loved this book...loved it! I thought this was a great book, and appreciated her sharing her stories. My heart broke reliving that awful election night, and smiled when she shared the happy times too. Many reviews mention her finger pointing, but the reality is there are many factors outside of her control that lead to her defeat. She takes accountability for her shortcomings and mistakes but she also calls out the interference that took place. So yes, there will obviously be finger pointing. although I did not get the audio version, I could hear her voice very clearly as I read it.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Bias aside, it was well written, thought provoking and inspirational. For those who are accusatory of finger pointing, you're reading a book written by the nominee who did not win about WHAT HAPPENED, unsure what else you'd expect. The only reason I gave it a 4 star was due to all the name drops along with their respective titles.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I had been waiting for this release so bought it and read it quickly. Extremely thought provoking to hear what happened from Hilary's inside perspective. Important to keep an open mind when reading.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read I was a bit worried this book would just be rehashing the 2016 election, but it is beyond insightful! Even assuming writer bias, it was still an amazing (and crushing) narrative on the events that occurred. Wish we got to hear Hillary speak more like this during the campaign!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read but I'm still not sure "what happened." Loved going through the election process with her but I was saddened by how she put so much blame for her loss on herself in regards to the things that were completely beyond her control.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I found this book fascinating. I loved getting a different view of 'what happened' from Hilary herself. She's a beautiful writer and wonderful storyteller. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Condescending Clinton will talk about accepting the responsibility for the loss and then immediately point fingers and play the blame game. She lost the election more than Trump won it
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good An interesting read and fascinating to learn about her thoughts on what happened
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting. An interesting view of what happened, a truly admirable woman.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! bought this and loved it! wonderful read!!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ!!! I was looking forward to reading this as soon as it came out. Gave great insight into her thoughts and feelings about what really HAPPENED!!! Still shocking about the end game months later. #plumreview.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book!!! I am halfway done and love it!! She's awesome and its a great book, not to heavy on political terms if you aren't familiar with them.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful, amazing, and, above all, inspirational. Who to vote for would have been a no brainer if it had come out before the election. It gets my endorsement for most readable and interesting book I've read all year.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing such an amazing woman. great read, very insightful
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting. I picked up the novel the other day. I thought it was interesting hearing from her POV.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read Love her or hate her, it is an interesting read indeed.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Truly awful and tone deaf It baffles me why someone like Clinton just can't go away. As far as the book goes, all she does is blame other people for her loss. For someone who wanted to be the leader of the free world, she seems wholly incapable and unwilling to accept personal responsibility for her actions. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting and thoughtful. It shows the real life of women in Politics
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read insightful to hear from HRC's perspective
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Happened? I LOVED IT! What Happened was very well written!!! The author is inspired and insightful from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it. I learned a lot of lessons about being a woman in politics. Like others, did not appreciate the finger pointing. Would reco.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insightful. Her perspective on the campaign and her loss was insightful to say the least. Thought for sure there would be more technical snd professional insight.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NO SHE CANNOT JUST BLAME EVERYONE AS IF IT IS THEIR FAULT! Horrible read! I expected more maturity.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting I was expecting some very professional insight as to the factors playing into why she lost, but the book just felt very blamey as if it is everyone else's fault. Would not read again
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence Not quite what I was expecting. Many factors are to blame for her loss (unfortunately) but finger pointing will not earn you votes or trust.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from After reading this with a critical mind I was expecting more than blame and finger pointing. It's pathetic and immature that Clinton can't accept personal responsibility for her loss. She was a terrible candidate and had a hard time defeating Bernie. Only for the super-delegates in California, Bernie would have beaten her. But, according to Hillary, 'What Happened' was ... Suburban women didn't like her The Russians interferred The FBI and James Comey Facebook Twitter Wikileaks Bernie Sanders TV Executives Cable News Fake News The Democrats The Republicans Low informed voters The 'Deplorables' Content farms in Macedonia Obama winning two terms Bad polling numbers But of course Donald Trump didn't play any part in her losing. She simply did not connect with people. To her it was like she had an entitlement because of her name.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good read this quickly as I've been waiting for it. very interesting and thought-provoking
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow Very well written, superbly thought out...
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting read, Not a whole lot about what happened that's not already available if you look. She still does not seem to want to shoulder any of the blame for her loss.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read! hard to be a women in politics!
Date published: 2017-07-29

Editorial Reviews

“The most useful way to read What Happened is as one last instance of Clinton doing what she calls her civic duty.”
Los Angeles Times