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What Happened

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2017

Duration: 16 hours 53 minutes


"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.


  • 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.

  • 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!


    Republican or Democrat this is aExcellent tell—all book!

  • Thomas D

    It gets a little bogged down with conspiracy theory at points. But if you persevere it is worth the wait.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Troy R

    Great book. Well written and Well read by Hillary!

  • Julianna M

    A critical and objective review of the events that happened. It's an important book to read in order to prevent a similar election in the future.

  • Celine L

    Loving it, it does take a village...................