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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott McClellan Narrator: Scott McClella Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the bestselling book that provoked a media sensation, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan takes readers behind the scenes of the presidency of George W. Bush.

McClellan belonged to Bush’s select inner circle of trusted advisors during one of the most challenging and contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed day-to-day exactly how the presidency veered off course: not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and hostile media.

In this refreshingly clear-eyed book, McClellan provides unique perspective on what happened and why it happened the way it did, including the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, and two hotly contested presidential campaigns. He gives readers a candid look into who George W. Bush is and what he believes and explores the lessons this presidency offers the American people as we look to the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We already know What Happened, but it feels good to hear Scott say it.”

    New York Times

  • “The former press secretary of President Bush (No. 43 version) empties out his notebooks, and all of Washington will be holding its breath.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Sophisticated…What Happened provides a telling and unflattering glimpse of Bush and his White House and also makes an important commentary on Washington’s poisonous political climate—one that Bush promised to change but did not.”

    Associated Press

  • “A Rosetta Stone for understanding the last seven years.”

    Keith Olbermann

  • “It was the exact right choice to have President Bush’s former White House press secretary read his own book…McClellan’s a professional and speaks clearly and with conviction. We believe him…Is he a great actor or no actor at all?...The drama of that question makes this timely book a thrilling piece of audio.”


  • #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/17/2014

    " I really triesd to get through this book- too many details and names to remember. Wasn't pretty disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Doug Overn | 2/16/2014

    " hard to read in terms of his lame writing, interesting where he is still a bush loyalist while hating everyone around W at the same time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Justin | 2/15/2014

    " I almost want to give this book a higher rating. It's a reasonably interesting account of the total contempt for everyone and everything that the Bush administration had. There's an element of redemption here for Scott. However I feel that he's trying to salvage his reputation and if he really was against Bush as much as he seems to be, he shouldn't have worked for him. Also there are much better books that cover similar subjects as the ones he covers. Still, I think I'm glad he wrote it and I think he has some element of regret and maybe even remorse, unlike Cheney and Rove for example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 2/14/2014

    " This was a good, fair analysis of the Bush White House and how the news media plays into the message. "

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About the Author
Author Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan served as White House press secretary from 2003 to 2006. Before that he served as the principal deputy White House press secretary and as traveling press secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign. He is currently a senior adviser to a global technology firm and a communications strategist. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives near Washington, DC.