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"A book worth reading for its larger drama. With a title that ultimately works like a shiv in the ribs, Mr. Young’s book examines what a politician really is: the value of his words... the extent of his feelings of entitlement, the outrageousness of his ego...and the gap between his public convictions and private behavior" - Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Mesmerizing...This is not a political memoir. It’s a morality tale with the chill of Hitchcock.” ---Tina Brown, The Daily Beast
“Replete with colorful anecdotes and vignettes, this forceful memoir offers a familiar, if a bit slippery, tale of lost youthful innocence.” --The New York Times Book Review
“How often does the quest for the White House become an unhealthy obsession, not just for a candidate and his spouse, but for the people around them?” --The Boston Globe
John Edwards’s longest-serving former aide gives us the inside story—in shocking, explosive detail—about the meteoric rise and scandalous fall of
Andrew Young volunteered for the Edwards campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998 and soon became the Democratic candidate’s right-hand man and most trusted friend. As Edwards became a national star, Young’s responsibilities grew to include a series of questionable assignments that culminated with being asked to conceal the Senator’s ongoing adultery. Then, days before his run in the 2008 presidential primaries began, Edwards was faced with a publicity nightmare: Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer with whom he’d been having an affair, was pregnant. Edwards insisted that Young claim paternity—but America would eventually learn the truth…
“A book worth reading for its larger drama. Mr. Young’s book examines what a politician really is.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Young believed that Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that one day Edwards would come clean to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth—and the rest of the country—and take responsibility for his actions. Instead, Young watched as his own career and family life fell apart. With this memoir, he finally has the chance to share his account of what really happened—and go beyond the headlines to show who John Edwards really is.
“Mesmerizing...This is not a political memoir. It’s a morality tale with the chill of Hitchcock.” —Tina Brown, The Daily Beast
I gave the book 5 stars since I did not want to put it down until i finished it.
Andrew Young's book is a page turner and the revelations about Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards, and Rielle Hunter are shocking.
I hope Andrew Young makes a lot of money on this book because he needs to benefit from standing up for the truth.
Politician personified; as Rev. Wright said about Obama, "He's just a politician." Bravo and Semper Fi Rev.Published 26 days ago by Lloyd Evans
A riveting account of the rise and fall of John Edwards, all because of two women: a quirky predatory journalist.and a harriden of a wife, Elizabeth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Francesca Forrester
Betrayal by the author or betrayal by the Senator -- take your pick. Nothing much new in this account by a former staffer.Published 5 months ago by Amazon reader
This book was an excellent read for any political junkie. It gave you a sense of being in the room when some very stupid decisions were being made...Published 6 months ago by C. Richter
Interesting read. Much of it was obviously self-serving, but still interesting when read along with Hunter's account of the scandal.Published 6 months ago by Sport97
Some movies, particularly comedies, fit into a particular formula. That is to say that something odd happens in the beginning of the film, which is followed by a bad decision that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by WDX2BB
I first heard about the John Edwards scandal in early 2010, when I was in 10th grade, and we were instructed to go home by our Journalism teacher to go home and watch the 20/20... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris
informative, very sad, confirmed what I knew. Andrew Young and his family are wonderful people and great parents. his word ring truth.Published 8 months ago by kathie zlockie