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Publisher's Summary

2018 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir and Excellence in Marketing

"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

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Theirs always to side to a story!

It's nice to hear Hillary's side of this election, what goes into a campaign, how much work it takes and the emotional effects it has on people. You don't have to agree with her political views to listen to this book, as it goes over much more than just her position on policy, As a Canadian, I took great interest in the USA 2016 election as whoever became president would also affect my government!
Hillary was defeated, she took time to mend her wounds, then she stood up and faced the world!

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Brilliant

What an incredible, brilliant, intelligent, kind human being!
Such a shame she didn’t become president!

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This is well-written and beautifully read. A great motivational book that shares Mrs. Clinton’s thoughts on what happened and what should come next

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Short and sweet (and honest) review

I’m a liberal Canadian millennial. I would have voted for Hillary. This book reminded me of all the things I did disagree with her about (deplorables, anyone?) but I still think it would have been a better decision than to vote for Trump.
If you’re anti-Hillary, I still recommend giving it a listen. It’s humanizing, and I think that’s something most people need to remember when it comes to politicians.
Still, some criticisms. She says she accepts blame and then wrote a book blaming others. I do think external factors played a role but come on. So many mistakes were made by the campaign and by the Obama government, of which she was a huge part of.
Anyways, agree or disagree with her, I recommend the read/listen.

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Everyone should read or listen this book!

This book was extremely well written and as equally well narrated. I really enjoyed listening to Secretary Clinton. This is one book that will be studied for generations to come.

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Respect

She represents kindness and strength in perfect balance. enjoyed the honesty of her own fears that were reviewed

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It's a blame game

While she does provide some insight into what happened in the 2016 election cycle, she doesn't seem to have understood what happened: she doesn't get it.
She's a policy wonk, she thought she would win on a wonkish platform. Her first reflex for any question was to study it, or to start a committee or a working group.
'Murica doesn't vote for committees.

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Every girl should read this

Great story about politics, power, perceptions and how it’s x2 harder for women to succeed. Inspiring story!
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Honest & Well Presented

A book by Hillary Clinton, read by Hillary Clinton? How could it get better? Every joke is articulated exactly the way it was intended to be, and it is done with class right from the woman's mouth. It's an endearing and honest novel. Though obviously biased; but she says she is at the very beginning, and it's not unexpected. I'd recommend if you're into politics :)

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So inspirational

Hillary Clinton tells it like it is. In this book, we hear a side of her that was not made so public but is now free to say exactly how she feels. She is articulate and well-spoken throughout. While she is very clear about her thoughts and feelings on her experiences in the 2016 presidential election, she retains her class and dignity.

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  • KMH
  • 2019-01-02

Informed Voter? Think Again

I struggled to finish this book, not because it was boring or deficient in some way. I struggled because the 2016 election results are still painful, particularly with each fresh new horror coming from The White House every other day.

I thought I was informed during the 2016 election cycle, but in listening to this book it's abundantly clear that I was not. This lesson alone made listening to this book a worthy endeavor. There were large portions of her platform that I was completely unaware of, and although I was aware that the media coverage leading into the election was sensational and playing into 45's hands, I didn't sense what was missing: actual discussion of how to solve America's many problems.

Good listen. I suggest it.

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  • Ashley Harvey
  • 2019-01-18

Clarity in the middle of the storm

I, like many, woke up to the news of Trump as President and was dumbfounded. I don't claim to be a devout Hillary fan, far from it, but I saw her as a qualified candidate for President, something I couldn't even consider saying about Trump. I have spent the last couple of years scratching my head at how he became President and how he continues to have support. I appreciated the way Hillary laid out the facts and her truths about what happened on the campaign trail. I have several blockers specifically for Facebook and for my general internet usage that blocked all ads, political posts, campaigns, etc.. The only news I got was from what I percieved as credible news sources and only on topics that I cared about, guess what, I never cared about Hillary's e-mails, so I managed to miss the whole scandal. It's amazing how having adequate skills at blocking garbage allowed me to live in a cave during campaigning. In many ways I'm glad I only heard what happened after the fact from Hillary herself. And thank you Hillary for running, for "coming back out of the woods", and for helping to lead the way through this mess. We continue to need strong leaders like Hillary. I hope this inspires many people. I know it has inspired me.

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  • carol waters
  • 2018-12-10

I don't really love it..........

I was filling in the rating on the book, I really don't love it,I don't love what happened and I don't love the story. But I appreciate the author actually telling the story in her voice, explaining what happened in such detail and confirming many things that I was aware of and making me all the wiser. I am embarrassed as a citizen that we have a president who is trying to lead our country and can't ! Thank you Hillary for explaining to us what happened!
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  • Celina Resendez
  • 2017-10-21

What Happened?

I started reading the book but decided to listen on Audible for the remaining half. Enjoyed hearing Clinton’s words from her. Despite what some have said this isn’t a novel about it being “everyone else’s fault but her own.” Sec. Clinton takes a lot of the blame and shoulders much of the responsibility of how the campaign was laid out. She discusses how she campaigned and who her team members were. I like her voice in this novel because she isn’t holding back, afraid of making people angry. She tells it like she saw it. Sec. Clinton did discuss funny things like breakfast because as she states people would ask her those types of questions all the time. She wrote of her concerns about the present administration, Russia and Comey’s influence. When I listened to this and knowing what’s happening currently it served to make me more concerned with our present government. She ends the book with how to get involved and how to stay the course. Overall, great read/listen.

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  • Paula Roper
  • 2017-12-05

Thank you for sharing your story

Often hard to listen to or read a long book. However, the information is so important! It is helpful to understand what happened. Like studying a history lesson, the only way not to repeat history is to understand it, and make different choices. I applaud her candor. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Vaccine Researcher
  • 2017-10-16

Great Listen

This book is really intriguing. Though I often found myself questioning Rodham Clinton's analyses and lessons from the 2016 election, she offers a fascinating accounting of events that is equal parts enlightening and infuriating. Ultimately, I walked away from this book better informed about her, the elections, and these challenging times in which we live. For that, I'm thankful to her for writing this book.

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  • Gramma/DunDun
  • 2017-09-19

Expected more than just a blame game

What disappointed you about What Happened?

It was disappointing to hear someone blame the entire world for everything in her life. There was blame placed on Trump, Bernie Sanders, Republicans, the media (definitely living in denial on that one), NYT, Comey, Russia, vast right wing conspiracies, misogyny, email "conspiracy", Fox News, Roger Ailes, and on and on it goes.

I was eventually expecting to hear she could walk on water, or had parted the Red Sea. There was a strong sense of paranoia in her words. There seemed to be no true introspection.

It did not ring true when she attempted to paint herself as a normal person then states she and Bill Clinton havent had to go to a store for a milk and bread run in DECADES! How can she even pretend she knows what life is like for the common man when she has lived her adult life surrounded by secret service and her life has only existed in a privileged protective bubble for decades?

The scandals that have surrounded the Clintons were addressed and, as expected, others were always to blame and none of them had a grain of truth to them, according to her. That's a hard pill to swallow considering that there exists some indisputable facts. If memory serves me right, there is no disputing Bill Clinton's affair with a WH intern or that they paid out money in at least one other sex scandal.

Having listened to the book "Shattered", I'd hoped there would be some honest reflection in this book on the mistakes made in her campaign. It was only mentioned as a way to cast blame on others.


Would you ever listen to anything by Hillary Rodham Clinton again?

Probably not

Which character – as performed by Hillary Rodham Clinton – was your favorite?

Author narrated her own book and I thought it was well done.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did believe the parts when she talked about her relationships with her daughter and her mother. To me, it was a part of the book that had an honest ring of truth to it and seemed very sincere.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I listened to this book but really wished it contained some introspection that could be believable and wasn't so full of blame and finger pointing.

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  • heydannie
  • 2017-09-29

Self-help memoir

This book is brutal. I was expecting explanations of how she should have ran a better campaign or how it could have been done better. Nope. Its endless talking about how she was coping with the loss of the election, how her and Bill watched CSI and some other TV shows, with some clever favorite character commentaries.

Then explains what was said to people we saw her talk to during the inauguration, how she ended up taking a photo with trump, etc... It's dullsville,

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  • KyraAnne
  • 2017-10-01

If you liked her before, you won't anymore!!

Oh my goodness. I finally understand why people feel she's unlikeable! This entire book reeks of disdain for half the country.

I can summarize this book for you: I'm a kind loving amazing person with no flaws and I only lost because of racism, sexism, and Comey.

I had a favorable impression of her even though I'm conservative before but not anymore!

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  • Kim
  • 2017-09-19

Painful -- just say no!

I was genuinely interested in hearing Clinton's perspective about "what happened", but after listening (I bought audible version) to about 2/3 of the book, I'm throwing in the towel. The book really isn't about what happened as much as it is about trying to convince the reader as to how wonderful she would have been as president. It's whiney and boring and not at all what was advertised. It's so bad that I just cant finish it. Save your money, and more importantly-- save your time!

It's unfortunate that Amazon deleted many negative reviews prior to my purchasing the book. Had I been able to read them, I would've not bought this book!

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  • Carlyne T
  • 2018-09-05

Amazing woman !

Amazing woman telling her story of the presidential election that had a woman candidate for the first time !
A bit too long though.