What Happened

What Happened


“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.

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  • Emily May

    For the record, it hurts to be torn apart. I doubt I will go into too much depth about this book. I figure that most people fall into one of two groups - those who already know about and agree on the...

  • Nasty Lady MJ

    Note, I'm leaving the original pre-review below the actual review. Disclaimer: I voted for Hillary Clinton in both of her presidential campaigns, and I’d vote for her again in a damn heart beat. So,...

  • Susanne Strong

    5 Stars. An Incredibly Emotional Memoir. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I also smiled quite a bit. What can I say - except that I am Still with Her.First, I had the honor of meeting Secretary Clinton ...

  • hayden

    this is my hundredth book read this year! congrats, self!edit:i would like to add that one of the very first lines in the book, in the author's note, is, "i've tried to learn from my own mistakes. th...

  • Nenia ? Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestEdit: She won the GR Choice Awards for this book!I guess you could say this is the second time she's won the popular vote. ( ° ʖ °)LOL I see ...

  • Larry H

    "Losing is hard for everyone, but losing a race you thought you would win is devastating."I was one of many Americans watching the 2016 presidential election results come in, feeling shock, disbelief,...

  • Nnedi

    I don't care what anyone says, this was a kick ASS read, hands down. ...

  • Charles

    She could easily say, "I ran a poor campaign. I failed to connect with voters and I lost." Instead, we get page after page of excuses. Most disappointing!...

  • Erik Hovland

    One star to offset those who have five starred to offset those who have one starred....

  • Erin

    I ended up liking What Happened more than I thought I would. I thought it would be boring because quite frankly I find Hillary Clinton to be boring. I wasn't though, it was surprisingly entertaining a...