The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down
The Politician An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down Author:Andrew Young ?The greatest political saga, the one that has it all, that gets to the real heart of American politics, is the John Edwards story... This isn?t just politics, it?s literature. It?s the great American novel, the kind that isn?t written anymore.? --Michael Wolff, Vanity FairThe underside of modern American politics -- ... more »raw ambition, manipulation, and deception -- are revealed in detail by Andrew Young?s riveting account of a presidential hopeful?s meteoric rise and scandalous fall. Like a non-fiction version of All the King?s Men, The Politician offers a truly disturbing, even shocking perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth. Idealistic and ambitious, Andrew Young volunteered for the John Edwards campaign for Senate in 1998 and quickly became the candidate?s right hand man. As the senator became a national star, Young?s responsibilities grew. For a decade he was this politician?s confidant and he was assured he was ?like family.? In time, however, Young was drawn into a series of questionable assignments that culminated with Edwards asking him to help conceal the Senator?s ongoing adultery. Days before the 2008 presidential primaries began, Young gained international notoriety when he told the world that he was the father of a child being carried by a woman named Rielle Hunter, who was actually the senator?s mistress. While Young began a life on the run, hiding from the press with his family and alleged mistress, John Edwards continued to pursue the presidency and then the Vice Presidency in the future Obama administration.Young had been the senator?s closest aide and most trusted friend. He believed that John Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that his boss and friend would ultimately step forward to both tell the truth and protect his aide?s career. Neither promise was kept. Not only a moving personal account of Andrew Young?s political education, THE POLITICIAN offers a look at the trajectory which made John Edwards the ideal Democratic candidate for president, and the hubris which brought him down, leaving his career, his marriage and his dreams in ashes.« less
Suzanne reviewed The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down on
Helpful Score: 5
A page-turner and a shocking revelation of what goes on "behind the scenes" in our wonderful political system. Mr. Young is not the best writer, but he offers more insight about John and Elizabeth Edwards than you'll get from any other source.
Virtually spin-free and often self-deprecating, his account of the political rise and fall of John Edwards is fascinating even without the details of the Rielle Hunter scandal (which are shocking in and of themselves). Elizabeth Edwards is not portrayed sympathetically here, and probably with good reason.
Whatever Mr. Young's impetus for publishing this book, it is a story that goes beyond "National Enquirer" sensationalism. It describes the desperate lengths to which ambition, greed, and self-importance will drive a person to deceive family, friends, patrons, the media and, of course, millions of Americans who truly believed in a presidential candidate, only to discover he is just another "Politician."
I really liked this book. For some reason I've been facinated with this story from the very beginning and rooted for John Edwards since 2004. I think part of the intruige is that he/and any politician for that matter, actually admitted to the affair and love child and she didn't stand by her man despite the years of marriage. I like the insider's look and sadly enough realize this is all too common in the game of politics.
Kenna C. (Kenna) reviewed The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down on + 40 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
While I enjoyed the book, I will never understand what Andrew and his wife were willing to participate in to protect John Edwards! With all the lies and deceit, how could one believe in the man as a potential president! The way a person conducts his personal business is definitely reflected in his business dealings and vice versa ... why don't more people get that! The only innocents in this entire saga were the children in both families.