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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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465 of 481 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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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Rielle Hunter June 29, 2012
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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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160 of 169 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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149 of 163 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars truth but not compassion June 24, 2012
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This book has the ring of truth but not of compassion. John Edwards, and not Rielle Hunter, had the commitment to Elizabeth Edwards and caused so much pain to her in the last years of her life. And, I can understand Rielle Hunter wanting to set the story straight from her perspective (although I think the story told was reasonably well known and understood before this book). Unfortunately, a primary thread of this book is directed at Elizabeth Edwards in an extremely unkind way that lacks all insight and compassion. Whether or not the Edwards had an authentic or positive marriage before Edwards' relationship with Rielle Hunter, coping with your husband's affair in a high pressure environment with the eyes of the world on you with small children still at home would cause anyone untold stress and, undoubtedly, anger. Having terminal cancer and facing all of this then is unimaginable. John Edwards did not simply commit the all too common sin of having an affair as an escape valve for an unhappy marriage. He put his wife of thirty years through untold torture, while she was dying, in pursuit of an attraction.

Yes, Elizabeth Edwards was undoubtedly not a saint and Rielle Hunter is not Satan. But she certainly lacks both compassion and discretion. Nonetheless, what is done is done. And the most important folks in this story (and I think Elizabeth Edwards would agree) are the children who must find some solid ground and move forward in a loving way. It seems like the redemption to be found in this story is for John Edwards to be the kind of father to all of this children that Elizabeth would have hoped for. Part of that is ensuring that Elizabeth's children have the view of their mother that they deserve to have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Dont waste your Money
OMG why on earth did I waste my money on her. This is boring.
Published 1 month ago by Trudy J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Child
I shouldn't have read this one. I don't believe it was accurate. A tragedy for all. Norma
Published 1 month ago by Norma M. Heagy
1.0 out of 5 stars mistress at her worst
I didn't buy this book, I borrowed it from the library so I didn't give her 1 cent.
In her interview with pierce morgan, rielle said she didn't call Elizabeth a "witch on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Hang
2.0 out of 5 stars Both deeply sad and thigh-slappingly hilarious
This account, by the former mistress of the former v.p. candidate John Edwards, will hold a reader's interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Sampson Hudson
2.0 out of 5 stars Very sad story for a massive mistake
Very sad story for a massive mistake. I would love to hear John Edwards side of the twisted triangle .
Published 3 months ago by Terry P.
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY UN LIKEABLE PERSON
Published 4 months ago by Nancy L. Waldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama!
I read Andrews book and Elizabeth's book, so I had to read this one. I really enjoyed this book, and things I already had thought about Elizabeth ( which I will not go into ) was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl A. Lahniers
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Terrible book.
Published 5 months ago by faithspage
Published 5 months ago by tessa82013
5.0 out of 5 stars Other Side of the Story
This book was written very well--interesting reading. Now, we have the other side of the story.
Published 8 months ago by 2B Healthy
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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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