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“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 isnt just politics, its literature. Its the great American novel, the kind that isnt written anymore.” --Michael Wolff on John Edwards's trajectory, on VanityFair.com

The underside of modern American politics — raw ambition, manipulation, and deception — are revealed in detail by Andrew Youngs riveting account of a presidential hopefuls meteoric rise and scandalous fall.  Like a non-fiction version of All the Kings 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 candidates right hand man. As the senator became a national star, Youngs responsibilities grew.  For a decade he was this politicians 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 Senators 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 senators 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 senators 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 aides career. Neither promise was kept.  Not only a moving personal account of Andrew Youngs 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.

 

 

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"The Politician" offers a look at the trajectory that made John Edwards the ideal Democratic candidate for president, and the hubris that brought him down, leaving his career, his marriage, and his dreams in ashes. Martin's Press.

Synopsis:

Andrew Young volunteered for the Edwards campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998 and soon became the Democratic candidates right-hand man and most trusted friend. As Edwards became a national star, Youngs responsibilities grew to include a series of questionable assignments that culminated with being asked to conceal the Senators ongoing adultery. Then, days before his run in the 2008 presidential primaries began, Edwards was faced with a publicity nightmare: Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer with whom hed been having an affair, was pregnant. Edwards insisted that Young claim paternity—but America would eventually learn the truth…

Young believed that Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that one day Edwards would come clean to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth—and the rest of the country—and take responsibility for his actions. Instead, Young watched as his own career and family life fell apart. With this memoir, he finally has the chance to share his account of what really happened—and go beyond the headlines to show who John Edwards really is.

Synopsis:

John Edwardss longest-serving former aide gives us the inside story—in shocking, explosive detail—about the meteoric rise and scandalous fall of

THE POLITICIAN

Andrew Young volunteered for the Edwards campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998 and soon became the Democratic candidates right-hand man and most trusted friend. As Edwards became a national star, Youngs responsibilities grew to include a series of questionable assignments that culminated with being asked to conceal the Senators ongoing adultery. Then, days before his run in the 2008 presidential primaries began, Edwards was faced with a publicity nightmare: Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer with whom hed been having an affair, was pregnant. Edwards insisted that Young claim paternity—but America would eventually learn the truth…

“A book worth reading for its larger drama. Mr. Youngs book examines what a politician really is.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Young believed that Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that one day Edwards would come clean to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth—and the rest of the country—and take responsibility for his actions. Instead, Young watched as his own career and family life fell apart. With this memoir, he finally has the chance to share his account of what really happened—and go beyond the headlines to show who John Edwards really is.

 “Mesmerizing...This is not a political memoir. Its a morality tale with the chill of Hitchcock.” —Tina Brown, The Daily Beast

About the Author

After earning a bachelors degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree at the Wake Forest University School of Law, Andrew Young was a volunteer for John Edwards winning campaign for U.S. Senate. Hired in 1999, Young became Edwards longest serving and most trusted aide. He raised more than $10 million for the politicians various causes and played a key role in Edwards efforts to become President of the United States. Now a private citizen, he lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Cheri and their three children.
  

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SW Mom, April 21, 2010 (view all comments by SW Mom)
Let me begin by saying that I sent money to the John Edwards campaign. I supported what he stated he stood for. And now let me tell you why this book is important.

Andrew Young is very human. He's made mistakes, and he is very open about them. One of his biggest was believing in John Edwards, his wife, and what he felt they stood for. This is a story of tremendous support gone awry, of making allowances, of looking the other way, until one is so mired in deception that it looks like there is no way out. I suppose there are people who would condemn him for his tale of truth. I don't at all. This was a story that needed to be told, a truth that had to come out. This is not a tale told out of a sense of revenge. This is a very honest story about what happened to Andrew Young, John Edwards and his wife on what they all hoped would be a trip to the White House.
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9780312640651
Subtitle:
An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down
Author:
Young, Andrew
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
Elections
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
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General/trade
Language:
English
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384
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6.7 x 4.25 x 0.98 in

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"Synopsis" by , "The Politician" offers a look at the trajectory that made John Edwards the ideal Democratic candidate for president, and the hubris that brought him down, leaving his career, his marriage, and his dreams in ashes. Martin's Press.
"Synopsis" by ,

Andrew Young volunteered for the Edwards campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998 and soon became the Democratic candidates right-hand man and most trusted friend. As Edwards became a national star, Youngs responsibilities grew to include a series of questionable assignments that culminated with being asked to conceal the Senators ongoing adultery. Then, days before his run in the 2008 presidential primaries began, Edwards was faced with a publicity nightmare: Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer with whom hed been having an affair, was pregnant. Edwards insisted that Young claim paternity—but America would eventually learn the truth…

Young believed that Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that one day Edwards would come clean to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth—and the rest of the country—and take responsibility for his actions. Instead, Young watched as his own career and family life fell apart. With this memoir, he finally has the chance to share his account of what really happened—and go beyond the headlines to show who John Edwards really is.

"Synopsis" by ,

John Edwardss longest-serving former aide gives us the inside story—in shocking, explosive detail—about the meteoric rise and scandalous fall of

THE POLITICIAN

Andrew Young volunteered for the Edwards campaign for U.S. Senate in 1998 and soon became the Democratic candidates right-hand man and most trusted friend. As Edwards became a national star, Youngs responsibilities grew to include a series of questionable assignments that culminated with being asked to conceal the Senators ongoing adultery. Then, days before his run in the 2008 presidential primaries began, Edwards was faced with a publicity nightmare: Rielle Hunter, the campaign videographer with whom hed been having an affair, was pregnant. Edwards insisted that Young claim paternity—but America would eventually learn the truth…

“A book worth reading for its larger drama. Mr. Youngs book examines what a politician really is.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Young believed that Edwards could be a great president, and was assured throughout the cover-up that one day Edwards would come clean to his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth—and the rest of the country—and take responsibility for his actions. Instead, Young watched as his own career and family life fell apart. With this memoir, he finally has the chance to share his account of what really happened—and go beyond the headlines to show who John Edwards really is.

 “Mesmerizing...This is not a political memoir. Its a morality tale with the chill of Hitchcock.” —Tina Brown, The Daily Beast

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