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What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me [Kindle Edition]

Rielle Hunter
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Book Description

The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “a fall from grace,” “a modern-day tragedy”—it’s a story that has been reported, distorted, and spun over and over again by the media, by political aides, by the U.S. government, by supposed friends. However, there is someone who actually knows the truth, someone who lived it from day one—the woman at the heart of the story itself: Rielle Hunter.

In the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller What Really Happened, Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met, how their accidental love started and escalated, what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president, the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign, how the affair became public, the extensive cover-up, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

Meet Edwards’s political players and get an intimate look at how they really operated. Learn about the evolution of “friends,” enablers, and do-gooders, their involvement with the affair and Edwards’s 2008 presidential campaign, and where the money from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron actually went.

This book doesn’t spin the truth to achieve a prettier picture or a better story. It isn’t about changing anyone’s mind. It’s simply the facts, the truth of what really happened.

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About the Author

RIELLE HUNTER has been writing since 1993 and has studied meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophies. What Really Happened is her first book. She has one daughter, Frances Quinn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1519 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937856402
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; 1 edition (June 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AJ2I5S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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460 of 475 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More than one side to a story... June 26, 2012
I was a bit queasy when "What Really Happened" came to me for review. Having read Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime I felt I'd heard probably the most objective word about Rielle Hunter you're likely to get, but then again most of the comments reported there came from John Edwards staffers who clearly had an axe to grind against Hunter. I certainly tried to approach "What Really Happened" with an open mind, realizing that there are two sides, and sometimes more, to every story. That said, there is a certain self-serving quality to Hunter's book that not only lacks balance, but which shows her own naiveté and character flaws for all to see. Hunter does make some valid points about the Edwards's marriage and Elizabeth Edwards in particular, but the difficulty is sorting the wheat from the chaff. Undoubtedly Elizabeth Edwards was profoundly shattered by the early death of their child and her subsequent health scares, but can you really blame her for detesting Hunter and fighting to save her marriage? Hunter's depiction of how she came to meet John Edwards and how their relationship unfolded is particularly disturbing in her profound lack of self-awareness and how her behavior impacted those around her and the Edwards campaign. Her prose here fairly screams of self-absorbsion and narcissism. In that respect it's no wonder she was drawn to John Edwards as they're truly two peas in a pod. The intimacy between them and their burgeoning relationship feels a bit gratuitous, falling into the category of over-sharing, something that really could describe the whole book. Read more ›
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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Rielle Hunter June 29, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Why do I say that? If it weren't for Rielle Hunter, we citizens of America may have ended up with John Edwards in high public office, if not the presidency, perhaps a senior role in the administration. What we learn in this book is that John Edwards is a man whose personal maturity was stunted at the age of about 17, a serial liar, and someone who spends 4 hours a day on the phone with his mistress instead of reading public policy papers as he runs for the presidency. So, Rielle helped sweep him from the stage of American political life. The two teenage narcissists, Rielle and John, clearly deserve each other (although the latest in the soap opera is "they've broken up"). The picture that emerges of Rielle from her own book is a middle-aged woman with zero professional accomplishments (what a role model for Quinn), the maturity of a teenage girl, who takes large sums of money from other people because she is broke. So many pages of the book are spent relating how she went from city to city, hotel to hotel, meal to meal, friend to friend. It's a life that those of us who really work for a living and who have healthy family relationships wouldn't recognize. We've all known a friend like Rielle, who seems to revel in the high drama that she creates in her life, all the while earnestly protesting "this isn't what I want".

What's amazing is this: Despite all of the revelations in the book about Elizabeth Edwards and even if you believe most of them are likely an accurate characterization, I would much rather spend a day with Elizabeth than Rielle.
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158 of 166 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money or time June 26, 2012
I went into this book with an open mind. I was determined not judge her, even after seeing her dismal 20/20 interview. Maybe the book would be better than her interview. Clearly, there must be more to her actions than just "love" for Johnny. I was prepared for Ms. Hunter's side of the story. What I got were a bunch of justifications for actions Ms. Hunter never seems to be willing to take responsibility. "Love" is her justification for ever action she takes. While I don't dismiss the power of her love for John Edwards, it's difficult to view Rielle as a woman who was simply madly in love opposed to an opportunistic home wrecker when she continually blames those around her. If Rielle was hoping to rehabilitate her image in the public she has failed miserably.
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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
By Bookd
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have also read Young's book. What's interesting to me is that like Young's book, Hunter's is probably truthful for the most part...until you come to the person's motives. These two actually corroborate each others stories down to the details...almost. But then each of them want you to think they were these honest, put upon martyrs, instead of willing, scheming participants in a plan where they were all looking for financial gain and fame. They are all detestable, not only the Youngs but Hunter and Edwards as well.

First and foremost-Hunter CONSTANTLY tells you what John was 'thinking' to justify what she did. Sorry, but YOU telling everyone how awful and abusive Elizabeth was is hearsay. Unless John comes out and says it himself you have no right to speak for him. And let's just say it's true, and she was awful to him and everyone. Who cares?? Does Hunter think it makes her a nice person to follow a married man around the country and beyond, sneaking around, hiding in closets and spending his money? As a mother-how would she feel if a man treats her daughter that way someday? And please-she could say their marriage was 'a sham' for 20+ years...but then why did John have invitro with Elizabeth? Why did he stay with her BEFORE he ran for president? There was no reason John HAD to stay with Elizabeth, though Hunter spends the entire book trying to convince us he had no choice. Sorry, don't buy it. That makes him even more of a scum bag, to have been running around cheating for 20 years. Again, it is not Hunter's place to reveal that information. This was written to serve her daughter? In what way? To learn her mother is sneaky and deceitful, and her father was a complete dirtbag?

How would Edwards like it if one of his 3 daughters were treated this way?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rielle Hunter
Great read for the beach, at home "sick day" or just plain yummy if you are in a gossipy mood. This is your book. Read more
Published 8 days ago by cecemae
1.0 out of 5 stars What do we believe?
With all the books out about John Edwards it is difficult to determine who is being honest and who is trying to make a buck.
Published 1 month ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand the haters who keep bashing her
This book is outstanding (with the exception of the numerous typos).

Wow, I came away from it all actually HATING John Edwards' wife. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Printed Page
5.0 out of 5 stars what really happened; john edwards, our daughger and me by rielle...
Published 1 month ago by DONNA KOCH
1.0 out of 5 stars former supporter of Edwards review
I was one of those who wanted John Edwards to be President, UNTIL Rielle came into the picture and the truth came out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AliasAnninUSA
1.0 out of 5 stars A Profoundly Pathetic Story Best Forgotten
One can only imagine how many volumes of this book have been discarded into recycling centers or eliminated with a quick touch from Kindles around the world. Ms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Punky Rusiloski
3.0 out of 5 stars What really happened.....
....was Rielle found a way to live quite nicely on other people's money. What "Johnny" did was to just stay self absorbed and played it to his advantage, no matter what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margie Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't think she will want her daughter to read this.
I can't decide about this relationship. I mean, was it love, lust, or an opportunity to exploit a rich man for future gain? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ralph E. Arp
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
At first, I was unsure if I should waste good money on a book from Rielle Hunter who was the skank who had an affair with the the Senator John Edwards. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emilie Lauchmen
1.0 out of 5 stars What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me
Instead of being regretful for her behavior she is flaunting it. I wouldn't recommend that anyone purchase this book. I really hope she makes no money off this book.
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Hamer
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Please don't buy this book and make this woman any richer. If you have to read it, get it from the library.
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