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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 McClellan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190164
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Doug | 2/14/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Bake | 2/7/2014

    " This was an interesting read because McClellan was the first (and one of the only) of Bush's inner circle to publically question what happened. It was still too idealistic and "see, i wasn't the bad part!" to really make this book recommendable. McClellan should have read "All Too Human" before writing this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 2/4/2014

    " Matt chose this book. It's taking me a while to get into it. I never knew Bush had a DUI though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/31/2014

    " I'm giving this book a measly two stars because I listened to the audio version and was very disappointed. You would think an insider's view of what happened in the Bush administration would warrant finding a good, articulate reader, but I don't know where they found the frat boy that ended up doing it. Good God, the mispronunciations! Who the hell is Ari "Flesher"? Dude, it's Fleischer, say it right, for Chrissake. And that's just one example, he said so many basic words incorrectly that I lost track. I swear, it was like sitting through my 5th grade reading class again, having to listen to the kid who couldn't quite get how to put a sentence together. It was actually painful. And the icing on the cake was when I finally reached the last disc...and because of some moron's mistake in the CD-burning department over at Blackstone Audio, it was actually the first disc all over again. ARGH! I was really looking forward to hearing McClellan's take on events too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/30/2014

    " Very respectful yet frank expose of teh inner working of the Bush Adminstration. McClelland did a great job of reporting what he felt was right without being scandelous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Peterson | 12/10/2013

    " Meh. It was alright. Didn't really cover anything we didn't know already. Maybe a few more inside quotes, and a chance to lose even more respect for Harriet Miers. But it seems pretty fair. He cut Bush a lot of slack, yet he went so far as to compliment the liberal media. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meave | 11/12/2013

    " Get a ghostwriter, Scott McClellan. Or, just shut the fuck up. You have no idea what you're blathering about, do you? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 10/12/2013

    " A very, very strange read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 9/1/2013

    " What you'd expect - most of it anyway. No new light, just a new source. And a source of income for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 7/9/2013

    " A first hand account by former press secretary Scott McClellan of the controversies that dogged the Bush White House. Up to the reader to figure out how much is accurate and how much is "sour grapes". Interesting to anyone who follows politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Clinton | 3/19/2013

    " Holy stars.... You will have your eyes opened, in a not so slanted or biases view of the Bush White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/31/2013

    " This book is a little slow to get going and the revelations are not that revealing. A couple of items peaked my interest, but much of it had been hashed out in the news ages ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 9/2/2012

    " Very interesting read from a Bush Administration insider. Verified assumptions and provided insight to things I didn't know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 11/8/2011

    " A scary read, but good to be informed. If you are at all interested in what has happened in Washington during the Bush-Cheney presidency...this is a book for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 7/27/2011

    " This is full of rambling, redundant political philosophy with a time line that jumps all over the place. Some of the antipodal stories are interesting, but there aren't nearly enough of these. It was a fight to get through this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Hardy | 5/16/2011

    " An in depth look into the secrecy of the Bush Admin within their own ranks, and the temperments of the conspirators of the Iraqi/Afghan wars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/15/2011

    " Like everything else in this administration who knows how honest he is being but it was a good read and did give some insight on how the government tries to handle the media and some very good points on how the media is in many ways a key problem to our governments lack of bipartisanship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janae | 4/12/2011

    " meh, was ok. It shed some light on what happened but I still don't feel like I got the whole story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/28/2011

    " It was interesting to get McClellan's take on how things are handled at the White House. I could tell he really admired George W. Bush and felt genuinely bad about what happened. After listening to all the news reports at the time it was going on it's easy not to trust anyone in politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enrique | 2/3/2011

    " I like this book for the inside of somebody that was the former white house press secretary, recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 9/16/2010

    " Superficial, but still revealing of the Bush Administration's mendacity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 9/12/2010

    " Suggested for political science fans. This is from the perspective of GW's long time press secretary. That job sucked :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 9/1/2010

    " Interesting--but the title promises more than the book delivers. McClellan's diplomatic fence-sitting may enable him to continue to have a career in politics, but it makes for a dull read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 4/8/2010

    " oLD NEWS. iS HE LOOKING FOR A JOB OR TRYING TO BECOME THE NEXT jOHN dEAN? "

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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.