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The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down | [Andrew Young]

The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down

Like a nonfiction 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.
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Like a nonfiction 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 is The Politician a moving personal account of Andrew Young's political education, but it also 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.

©2010 Andrew Young (P)2010 Tantor

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    Chris Sydney 05-08-12
    Chris Sydney 05-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "Two Faced Imposter"

    I found this book fascinating, a behind the scenes look at the life of a politician.
    Andrew Young is detailed in his recollections of working for John & Elizabeth Edward's.
    The hubris of this man John Edward's is astounding, a classic example of a candidate running for his own selfish egotistical reasons.
    I always found John Edward's reminded me of a used car salesman, I was not wrong.
    I hope John Edward's is indicted for misappropriating funds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11
    Walter Wheaton, IL, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2014

    Conservative Catholic Curmudgeon

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    "The Politician's Acolyte"

    The parts of his account that he can verify by recorded phone messages are very telling, both about Edwards and his equally ambitious wife. Unverifiable and self-serving accounts, such as those about advice Young allegedly gave at various junctures, must be taken with a grain of salt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S New York, NY, United States 02-24-11
    S New York, NY, United States 02-24-11
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    "Scathing"

    political tell-all. Sometimes truth is better than fiction - this book gives both from a seething and disgruntled former lieutenant.

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    Paul Charlotte, NC, USA 06-27-10
    Paul Charlotte, NC, USA 06-27-10
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    "As someone who knew many of the players...."

    especially Edwards and Andrew Young, I am happy to see the truth of all of those unfortunate events published. This is likely a more truthful account of the people involved, their personalities, and fallacies (including Andrew's own) than we will ever see otherwise. As someone who deeply supported John in all of his campaigns, these events saddened me. Hopefully, we can all learn what hubris in those in power does! Thanks Andrew for having the guts to tell it like it was.

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    Patricia League City, TX, United States 05-11-10
    Patricia League City, TX, United States 05-11-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Enlightening"

    This book is enlightening if you care one way or another. Even though Andrew Young does a lot of whining, he does admit that he was foolish to get sucked in. It sheds light on both John and Elizabeth Edwards. What manipulators!

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    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 04-03-10
    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2007
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    "If it's Ego You're Looking For..."

    I wanted to find out how so many people could be so ambitious and so stupid at the same time. What you get here is the author trying to make himself sound victimized rather than greedy. He never really explains why he and his wife continued to go along with the foolishness he was involved in, probably because he didn't want to come out and say he was just lazy and wanted the money. The book would be better with some editing- 10 hours is way too long for the sad amount of information you actually get from this book.

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    Gloria San Diego, CA, USA 03-18-10
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    "Fascinating !!"

    Excellent read. I couldn't put it down. Now we get to watch the rest of the sordid story play out in the newspapers and tabloids. Almost better than James Patterson.

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    Karen Southport, NC, United States 02-22-10
    Karen Southport, NC, United States 02-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Self-Serving"

    Andrew Young was paid $300,000 a year to be a gofer. He is completely amoral. He helped set up Edwards' affair and even agreed to say he was the father of Edwards' mistress' child. Whatever Edwards wanted him to do he did and then he complained about it. If he had any objections to Edwards behavior he should have told him early on. Young was not a good friend of Edwards or a very moral man.honest man

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    Judy Punta Gorda, FL, United States 02-28-10
    Judy Punta Gorda, FL, United States 02-28-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting look"

    into John Edwards personal/political life. At time's this book doesn't keep your interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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