What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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 HappenedFor 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...

Details What Happened

TitleWhat Happened
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, History, Feminism

Reviews What Happened

  • 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 there are only two kinds of people - those who already know about and agree on the political aspects of What Happened, and those who will refuse to read it on principle (and may hate me on principle just for giving it a high rating).As expected, it covers the events leading up to, during, and after the 2016 election. Hillary talks policy iss...
  • 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, yeah…obviously, this is not going to bash her. And before you mansplain that I didn’t do my research on her, I’ll have you know that I did PLENTY. I just, you know, didn’t get my news from Info Wars or Facebook.Oh, also if you decide to trol...
  • 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. there are plenty, as you'll see in this book, and they are mine and mine alone." so enough with the "she's just going to blame everyone else!!!!!!1" nonsense.• • •prior to reading, i five-starred this book to offset idiots leaving one-star rat...
  • Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestLOL I see that I lost a few friends over this review. You know what that means! Time to add this book to the books-that-made-me-lose-friends shelf. >:D My dad used to tell me not to get near a scared animal; that it couldn't understand what your intentions were and since you couldn't exactly explain to said animal what you were doing, in its overstimulated state it might bite out of fear. Tha...
  • it's me
    Great to see the huge array of star ratings here. Happy to announce to you all following along at home that I WAS RIGHT and the book consists of the following:- It was everyone else's fault!- It was Bernie's fault! And Russians and stuff!- I never did nuffink wrong!- I did my time, why didn't they like me?- You're all sexist! Vote for me!- Everyone else was to blame! Russians! Yeah!- Bernie is the worst! - He's not even a democrat, therefore the ...
  • Christine Todd
    I've preordered Hillary Clinton's book and am giving it 5 stars in advance to help offset the actions of her haters, who also haven't read her book but are giving it 1 star apiece in an attempt to hold down her sales and her side of the story. Almost 100 years ago another group of authoritarian "Christian" men and their wives stood against the suffragettes, and they were wrong too. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but misogyny won the electi...
  • Zach
    *laughs* really? deal with it. Trump won. there was no hacking from Russia!!! god you're a sore loser.
  • 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 and made me like her a little more. She spends way more time talking about her family, friends, and upbringing, than about the most shocking and upsetting political loss in history. I personally think Hillary Clinton is leading a far more full life th...
  • Erik Hovland
    One star to offset those who have five starred to offset those who have one starred.
  • 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!
  • Bud
    Haven’t read this yet, obviously. But I’m giving it 5 stars so Trump supports don’t lower the overall rating. I personally, am interested to see what she has to say. I wish she was the current President and The US would probably be in a much better position. Anyways, I’m not going to ramble about my feelings about America’s screw up on here or how much I think she should have won the election.
  • Rama
    What went wrong for Hillary in 2016 presidential run?Hillary blames everyone but herself for her failed 2016 run against Donald Trump. Senator Bernie Sanders is on the top of her blame game. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Senator Sanders gave the best comment on Hillary’s new book. “Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country and she lost. She’s upset about it. I understand that.” “B...
  • Holly
    9/12/17 Unlike some people - I'm actually going to wait until AFTER I read the book, to give it a rating. Imagine having enough free time to randomly rate a book they haven't (and probably won't) bother to read, simply to try and cancel out someone else's rating.9/14. Finished. Was it a perfect book? No. It went on a bit too long, and it seemed a little rambling at times. But, overall I found it to be insightful and moving.
  • Kate
    I wasn't sure I could relive the trauma of the election. But too many people are telling her to be quiet. And you know how I feel about telling women to shut up? It just makes me want them to be louder. If the Democratic party is to continue, it would do well to think very thoughtfully about what went wrong in 2016. Luckily, HRC had a front row seat to it, and is probably the best person to tell us.
  • James Winston
    Pre-rating to do my duty in offsetting Russian trolls, GOP, and the youth counter culture of Bernie Bros.
  • Stephanie
    I was hiking in the woods with Bogey, my dog, yesterday when I notice a woman with a familiar face walking with her two dogs approaching me on the trail.... then I noticed all the people in black meandering through the woods around her, and it dawned on me...."Hey Hillary! I can't believe it! What are you doing in Ohio? Are you getting a jump on 2020....doing a bit of the old campaigning?" I asked. "I'm NEVER going through that again, I'm done be...
  • Elizabeth
    I was a big supporter of Clinton in the 2016 election and am about 3/4 through the book because SHOCKER I WAITED UNTIL READING IT TO WRITE A REVIEW. Clinton has an absolute right to write whatever she wants. She has been in politics for decades. She has done advocacy work. She arguably had the most relevant experience of any presidential candidate in American history. She was pilloried by the press, targeted by Russia, and won by 3+ million votes...
  • Cindy
    Preordered and starred to offset the trolls who gave this one star before the book is released- will revise review in the near future.(This is not a debate, snarky comments will be deleted)
  • The Just-About-Average Ms M
    This is a polarizing book. It is apparently adored by The Pants Suit Brigade, who had and doubtless still have tunnel vision with regard to their failed candidate. It is equally excoriated by The Other Side who doubtless still believe the book should have been written from a prison cell.The lesson here, dear Readers of All Political Persuasions, is that political figures perhaps should not write books. Or be prepared for the slings and arrows fly...
  • James Love
    The book should be titled Why Am I Less Popular Than Syphilis?: Or the Most Expensive Roll of Toilet Paper that Refuses to Take Crap Off Anybody's @$$. I wonder how long it will be before this is found to be as plagiarized as her devotional book. This is self-serving delusional thinking on par with L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics. The Church of HRC is once again attempting to re-create Saint Hillary.This is the same woman who as Secretary of State, wh...
  • Jane
    Currently reading thoughts:Really enjoying this; I want to cry and laugh at the same time. I'm also glad she's reading the audio version as well. Reading other people's opinions on why this book exists, I just have to say two things to say.Why is she even doing this? Who f***ing cares?Um, because it's pretty fucking important? I don't understand why this is confusing for people. It was the most contentious election and unprecedented for so many r...
  • Ietrio
    It was all a conspiracy. Oh, boy! It is really like in the South Park episodes, although far less organized.
  • Aya
  • Misericordia ❣
    Maybe later I will give it another chance. Not today, though.I'll give it 3 stars, so far. For the effort. Maybe I'll review it later. We'll see.Just a few takeouts of what NOT to do or say if you are running for office:(view spoiler)[ Q: I’m not saying that all Trump voters are racist or xenophobic. (c) Yeah, right. You're just labelling an unknown quantity of them.Q: When I said, “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call ...
  • Peter Orvetti
    This is not a review of Hillary Clinton, who I voted for in both 2008 and 2016, and who I think would have been a good president. Nor is it a review of Clinton's 2016 campaign, which was professional and focused but also top-heavy and overconfident. This is a review of Clinton's book about that campaign, and the book is not good.I will preface my assessment by stating that all of the arguments about why Clinton lost are correct, simply because he...
  • Ilya
    What Happened: "I was a shit candidate who ran a poor campaign and failed to connect with my voters. The end."
  • Anthony
    For all the "autobots" and "trolls" leaving one star reviews. Hillary will run in 2020 and be president. Trump is such a disgrace its disgusting, and our country is in dire need of a serious, and I mean serious, detox protocol. There isn't enough charcoal to adsorb the trash out there.