What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Narrator: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
Date Read: September 2017
Genre: Biography, Non-Fiction
“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, Clinton 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, Clinton shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect American values and 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: Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Audio
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Quick Thoughts: So after much thought I am not going to write a normal review for What Happened. I listened to it. Parts made me sad. Parts made me angry. Parts made me just shake my head. Truth is, if you didn’t like Hillary before you won’t listen with an open mind or like it. If you did like her before, you will probably fist pump at things she said. I like her but was disappointed in her this election cycle (for transparent purposes –I voted for her in the Dem Primaries in 2008, voted for Bernie in the Dem Primaries in 2016, voted for her for President in 2016) but I still fall in the murky middle with what went wrong (or right depending on your POV) with this election. This didn’t really make me go “oh yeah” that on any points that I wasn’t already there on or go this is the future of the party system in America. So do I recommend this to everyone? Nope but to Hillary supporters, people who are just curious, and those who identify as democrats–maybe. You might get something out of it.
Audio Note: I would actually suggest reading this one. The audio was a little uneven at times and you could tell when parts had been recorded and spliced in. Drove me freaking nuts!