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By Linda Costello on 10-16-17
Revealing and a bit surprising.
This book was not what I was expecting. Hillary opened herself up to the reader in ways that I wished she had on the campaign trail. I saw a vulnerable side to Hillary that the public doesn't usually get t o see. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and no I don't agree that Hillary should "just go away or shut up".
Thank you Hillary for writing this book.
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
By K. Gane on 12-04-17
What Happened After What Happened
I’ve just finished listening to What Happened, as read by Hillary Clinton herself, and I am in tears. Yes, I was an #ImWithHer. And I’m a #StillWithHer, but not for the reasons you might think. Not for the because-I-have-a-vagina reason many of Hillary’s detractors, including Susan Sarandon, try to claim as the only reason any thinking person would be with her. But because I am her. And I have been a fan of Hillary’s since she was First Lady. Ever since she handled herself with a level of class I don’t think many of us would have been capable of. So, sure, I was an easy audience.
But, still, I had questions. I am a married woman and a mother myself. My daughters are 30 and 28, with no grandchildren on the horizon, and I’m okay with that.
I am also mothering two fourteen-year-old boys, one of whom is our nephew. And I know that a country in which a woman was so vehemently attacked for trying to break that highest glass ceiling is a world I don’t want them to perpetuate.
What Happened is the account of the misogyny and sexism and the win-at-any-cost mentality that ruled the GOP’s every moment of the 2016 election and what we’ve seen during Trump’s presidency. That’s why we marched on January 21st of 2017. Not because of our sour grapes, but because we bore witness. And everything Hillary writes in this book is the truth, and she wrote it before the Harvey Weinsteins and the Charlie Roses and the Matt Lauers of the world were outed. In fact, what we bore witness to is the reason they were outed.
What Happened is perhaps the single greatest representation of the state of women at this point in our history. And it’s at once devastating and inspiring. If Hillary can keep going, despite everything they threw and continue to throw at her, then so can we. If you are a woman, if you are responsible for teaching and mentoring women, if you love a woman—a mother, a sister, a wife, a daughter, or a friend—then you should absolutely read What Happened. And you should especially read it if you are 1) Bernie Sanders, 2) any of the aforementioned news and media moguls, or 3) a politician who hopes to get thinking women’s votes ever again. And in case you didn’t know, women are 51% of the population. And we’re the ones who vote in the greatest numbers. Good luck.
17 of 22 people found this review helpful
By MrChavez1234 on 10-18-17
It was really great hearing this in her voice.
It's the times when she laughs or you can tell, from a brief pause, that she is shaking her head in disbelief that really hit home.
if you feel animosity or neutral to Hillary Clinton I would encourage you to give this a listen.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
By BookLover on 10-15-17
I wish everyone would give this a listen.
I know it’s told from her side and perspective but I feel like it could really help people see what really went on during the disaster that was our election. So inspired, so fired up, and so grateful for all she has done and the grace with which she manages to get through it all.
17 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Taylor Norrish on 09-23-17
Lifelong democrat and voted for Hillary.
She wants to be the most powerful person in the world yet cries sexism, misogamy, racism when others fight for it and she doesn't get it.
Just can't take chapter after chapter of complaints, excuses, and I don't buy her victimhood.
222 of 297 people found this review helpful
By LLK on 10-16-17
Heartfelt and raw
Excellent. Thought several times that reliving some of these memories felt “too soon,” as my heart felt like it was rebreaking several times throughout. To those that claim Hillary is too bitter in this book, there were touches of her pain in the first half, no doubt. But the second half presents a lot of hope and optimism that’s anything but bitter. I highly recommend.
25 of 33 people found this review helpful