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Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton Narrator: Hillary Rodham Clinton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781508239772
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“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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clinton’s book is pure Hillary—forceful, inspiring, yet humble. No one could deliver her story as she herself does, and she does it brilliantly…She performs the work with dignity, speaking carefully (as always) and letting the impact of her thoughts sink in…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Clinton’s narration shows a side of her that was rarely seen throughout the campaign. She talks with passion about women’s rights, recounting her history in the workplace, along with other personal stories; these are the moments when the book is at its best.”

    Library Journal (starred audio review)

  • “Here is Clinton at her most emotionally raw…Covers territory that many women will recognize…She demonstrates that she can mine her situation for humor.”


  • What Happened is not one book, but many. It is a candid and blackly funny account of her mood in the direct aftermath of losing to Donald J. Trump. It is a post-mortem, in which she is both coroner and corpse. It is a feminist manifesto. It is a score-settling jubilee…It is worth reading.”

    New York Times

  • “A raw and bracing book, a guide to our political arena.”

    Washington Post

  • What Happened is not a standard work of this genre. It’s interesting; it’s worth reading; and it sets out questions that the press, in particular, has not done enough to face.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2017
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2018

    " This book was fascinating. In her book, WHAT HAPPENED, Hillary Clinton blames at least 18 sources for her loss in November. I was glad I paid extra money to hear the words straight from the horse's mouth. Comey, Obama, Social Media Algorithms, Wikileaks, THE DNC, Trump, The basket of deplorables, women voters, Mainstream Media, Putin, and much more. This is a great read and makes me all the more grateful she was unsuccessful in her bid for President. (This was my first Audiobook and I'm hooked!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 3/1/2018

    " This book is fascinating. I paid extra to hear it straight from Clinton, herself. The list of excuses as to why she lost the election is long and exhaustive. Eighteen reasons - from Putin to Comey to Obama to Social Media Algorithms and much, much more. This is a great read and makes me all the more grateful she was unsuccessful in her bid for President. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valeria1976 | 11/15/2017

    " I loved it. I will purchase a paper copy to re read. "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 John | 11/8/2017

    " I thought it was brilliant, personal and insightful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Bonds | 10/20/2017

    " This was probably the most stupid ridiculous book I have ever tried to read. What is wrong with this person. Poor Poor loser. I think her husband was right, it makes her sound whiny and weak. Didn't expect this out of her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aminmohamed | 10/10/2017

    " The book was very well narrated. I enjoyed listening to it over the long weekend. I could easily pickup where I left off. "

About the Author

Hilary Rodham Clinton is a well-known political figure from her both her time as First Lady during her husband’s presidency and her own advancing career. She is the author of her memoir as well as several other books including An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History; Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets and It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.