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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Campaign Life., February 2, 2010
This review is from: The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down (Hardcover)
If one reads this book looking for salacious gossip on the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter affair than I actually recommend reading the articles from "The National Enquirer." As they have done a more in-depth job of the details. However, if one is seeking insight into the life of a political campaign staffer then I do recommend this book, highly. As a former staffer on local and state-wide campaigns I recognize many of the elements present in this book. The devotion to the candidate, to the point where higher principles such as right and wrong get blurred. The all consuming, twenty-four hour seven days a week, schedule dependent upon the candidate's whims. The intense competition and backbiting between the staffers. The ability of the candidates to just drop cold a friend they were previously close to. The ability of the candidate to switch personalities on and off in the blink of an eye. All these elements are present in this narrative and quite typical. What is revealing in this book is the author's flagrant willingness to participate in facilitating John Edwards' communication with Rielle Hunter. Sure he is concerned about providing for his family, but he seems unaware that in so doing he is enabling another family to be destroyed. The author is a "yes" man to the point where it is overdone. He ties his future so tightly with that of John Edwards that at times he sees no way out of the mess. When in reality, he could have just had his wife take up nursing again until the author found a less humiliating position. However, as one reads the author's narrative one gets pulled into his way of thinking. It isn't until one pulls away from the text that one realizes the author in a sense got what he deserved. He acted as a celestina and then was dropped when he was of no further use. That is what happens when one makes a pact with the devil. So while at first one sides with the author and even sympathizes with him. Upon further reflection the author reveals himself to be just another one of these political wannabes who eventually gets caught in his own web of deceit that he has spun. The book in short is a worthwhile read.
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2010 10:26:57 PM PST
Spindrift says:
The book is very compelling ..... though I was prepared to dislike Andrew Young profusely for writing it I actually was "pulled in" to his way of thinking as you suggest. He belived in the "cause".....as did I, strongly.....and he also belived that he would ride JE's coat tails to better and better things. It's all about the human condition.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010 9:06:39 AM PST
Mitsy Moore says:
Actually, it's all about "the money" but I have more sympathy for Andrew Young & his wife than I do for some of the other players in this tragic drama. Edwards' political life is over and Elizabeth is now gone. That is probably enough payback for Young at this point.
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