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What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me Hardcover – June 22, 2012
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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.
Instead, I came away not trusting anything I'd read and with a very low opinion of Ms. Hunter's credibility. I'm not at all judging her for being a mistress. These things happen for complicated reasons. But this is one of those books where the author is clearly trying to present herself in a good light and fails so dismally -- without even realizing it -- you have to question her grasp of reality. At no time does she acknowledge any personal failings. She constantly paints herself as sane, trustworthy, insightful, wise, patient and altruistic while criticizing almost everyone around her as exactly the opposite. She even claims that Barbara Walters "screamed" at her over the phone, trying to "bully" her into giving an interview. It's a laugh out loud absurd accusation that I'm sure Rielle firmly believes. Scary.
Apparently without realizing it, she completely emasculates John Edwards, the man she claims to love. She villifies Elizabeth mercilessly. She repeatedly portrays herself as a victim while apparently not having a clue what she's revealing about herself, her irresponsibility, her self-aggrandizement, cluelessness, narcissism and obviously delusional distortions.
And all of this does relate to the quality of the book because the only reliable insight one gets into the entire affair is that Ms. Hunter's take on people and situations is not even slightly credible. The only trustworthy thing I learned is that all concerned must have been/are far more psychologically troubled than their public personas ever even hinted at.
Finally, I didn't find it an enjoyable read. Choppy, simplistic, repetitive, rote and without substance: I found it very easy to put down repeatedly and had to force myself to finish it. But for a penny, get it used and judge for yourself.
I truly hope for her daughter's sake she finds a good therapist and starts to take responsibility for herself and her actions. This woman needs help.
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Very poor writing.