Date: September 2017

Duration: 18 hours 35 minutes


“An engaging, beautifully synthesized page-turner” (Slate). The #1 New York Times bestseller and Time #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most personal memoir yet, about the 2016 presidential election.

In this “candid and blackly funny” (The New York Times) memoir, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. She takes us 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.

“At her most emotionally raw” (People), Hillary 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. 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. In this “feminist manifesto” (The New York Times), she speaks to 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.

Offering a “bracing... guide to our political arena” (The Washington Post), What Happened 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, now with a new epilogue showing how Hillary grappled with many of her worst fears coming true in the Trump Era, while finding new hope in a surge of civic activism, women running for office, and young people marching in the streets.


  • Chris M

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

    10 of 10 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!

    5 of 5 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!

    5 of 5 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.

  • Anonymous

    She wanted to tell her side of the story and I was eager to hear. Valid arguments, interesting perspectives and honestly heartfelt. The book is organized in a pre, during and post manner that gave me a greater understanding of both the author and the circumstances that led to her defeat. The author reads her book flawlessly. Time well spent.

    1 of 1 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.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Celine L

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sarah N

    Brilliant! Loved every bit of it. Her loss was heartbreaking for me as well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • David W

    The complete understanding of a real leader and a true understanding of a real disaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa E

    Love it! Couldn't put it down. The play by play is heartbreaking on many levels but the intelligent and comprehensive look at the event was refreshing. - and SCARY.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Cruz S

    It's a shame this brilliant woman is not president!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shannon R.

    Fantastic book and a great insight into Hillary's views and thoughts on everything. I love her personal accounts and stories. She humor, thoughts and interests remind me of my own family. I love that she does the audio. I tend to only listen to books narrated by the author as it is their story they are telling.

  • Chris B

    Dear God she can bang on. And on. Charmless self justification. Were I an American voter I might have been tempted to vote for the Don.

  • D Wilson

    This was an EXCEPTIONAL work. Well narrated and well written. I was moved to tears at the end. This perspective is valid and truly explains what caused the election to slip away from Mrs Clinton. She would have been a great president. Her loss was America's loss. Her explanation of things had the benefit of accuracy, having been written immediately after the actual events. The value of her work will be seen in the future as opposed to the present, as there is always the risk of seeing this as "sour grapes". I particularly enjoyed the book with her voice and expression. It was just amazing.

  • Thomas D

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

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