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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.
I was curious about Edwards' story after listening to "Game Change," which chronicled the race to the presidency. But honestly, this is such a sad tale with a horrific end. And the children are the victims.