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What Happened

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2017

Duration: 18 hours 35 minutes



2018 Audie Award Finalist

“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.


  • Chris M

    The blame is on everyone else but herself for losing and not connecting with the major of Americans.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

  • Patrick B

    Shortest Book I Ever Read! This Amazing Book Not Only Asks The Question "What Happened?", Bit It Gives Answer To That Question... Right On The Front Cover... I Didn't Even Have To Open The Book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • M Brown

    I wish I could give this book a ZERO star! What Happened? **Spoiler Alert*** Donald J. Trump happened! Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • R Brenizer

    I have read other books by Hillary., but I got so much out of this one on a personal level. I believe everyone should read this book. Her insights are timeless and so well articulated. She gave words to things I’ve encountered my entire life. Wether you love her or hate her you can not deny her truth. It’s important not in understanding her but the world in which a woman attempts to lead and use her voice. We all need to do better. Thank you Hillary for your brutal honesty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Julie J

    Book starts out a little sappy at first, but the last half is excellent. She’s a class act and it’s only by a fluke that she’s not president.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


    Republican or Democrat this is aExcellent tell—all book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Heather M

    As a Hillary Clinton supporter, I viewed this book as very cathartic. While it scratched the surface of emotions that were so intense following the weeks after her losing the election, it also inspired and made me fall in love with her all over again. The audio version made me feel as though we were talking over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. This is one of those books however that I sort of wish I had as a hard cover book, so I could read and re-read what was being said to help me absorb the message better. I will most assuredly be listening to it again. I highly recommended the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sally T

    Being able to step into her kitchen and sit down at her table and listen to what happened has been an eye opener. Hilary’s steady mind and stable behavior through the campaign debates were most impressive. I voted for her for many reasons and she confirmed what I believed she would have been for us in her book which is logical, wise and optimistic. I wish she were our president

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennifer K

    I am inspired by this book and can't wait to get more involved with community activities. Hilary Clinton would have been the best president and the best thing that ever happened to America.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Troy R

    Great book. Well written and Well read by Hillary!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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