The John Edwards - Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. "One of the biggest political scandals of all time", "a fall from grace", "a modern day tragedy"—it’s a story that has been reported, distorted, and spun over and over again by the media, by political aides, by the US government, and by supposed friends. There is, however, someone who actually knows the truth, someone who lived it from day one—the woman at the heart of the story itself: Rielle Hunter.
In What Really Happened, Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met; how their accidental love started and escalated; what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president; the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign; how the affair became public; the extensive coverup, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.
Meet Edwards’ political players and get an intimate look at how they really operated. Learn about the evolution of friends, enablers, and do-gooders, their involvement with the affair and Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and where the money from Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Fred Baron actually went. This book doesn’t spin the truth to achieve a prettier picture or a better story. It isn’t about changing anyone’s mind. It’s simply the facts, the truth of what really happened.
Rielle Hunter has been writing since 1993 and has studied meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophies. What Really Happened is her first book. She has one daughter, Frances Quinn.
©2012 Rielle Hunter (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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After all that has been printed about Rielle Hunter at the very least she has the right of reply. I don't think anyone comes out of this story well. For all of Rielle's supposed new age spiritualism she could have been kinder to Elizabeth Edwards. Especially as the woman has passed away and can not reply. The book was interesting and the narrator did a great job. It was the events according to the woman at the centre of the storm.
She is gushing over John Edwards, after all he is her meal ticket for life.
You have to wonder at the sanity of John & Elizabeth Edwards, knowing that a scandal of this proportion was waiting in the wings, and Elizabeth's cancer diagnosis, that they still choose to lie to the American people and run for the Presidency.
I loved hearing this from Rielle's perspective. This whole drama was not her fault, she was simply looking for love (like everyone), I do believe they love each other very much.
A memorable moment would be the description of the massive fights between Elizabeth and John (I would be running away also if I were him)
Their initial attraction to each other.
All of it.
I loved it all around...thought Rielle's narration was very good, easy to listen to, good diction.....
It finally cleared up some of the mis-information out there on what was really going on that the press reported...To be honest I'd been hearing stories of Elizabeth's "personality" all along, long before this, and while I realize this was another viewpoint, I feel it fits right in and I believe she's telling the truth....
While I don't go listening or reading a lot of "sensational" books like this, I'm glad I read it and would recommend.....
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