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Tell-all book by ex-Edwards aide due out in February

Posted December 10, 2009

— A book by a former aide to two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, in which he details Edwards' extramarital affair, is set for release on Feb. 2.

"The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down" was written by Andrew Young, who previously claimed to have fathered a child with Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter.

Amazon.com describes Young's book as follows: "The underside of modern American politics – 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."

The New York Times reported in September that Young wrote in the book that Edwards fathered Hunter's daughter and worked with Fred Baron, his campaign finance chairman, to hide that secret.

Baron, who died last year of cancer, previously admitted that he paid for Hunter and Young's family to resettle in California. He said he provided the money on his own.

A federal grand jury in Raleigh is looking into how Edwards used campaign funds. Hunter spent nine hours at the federal courthouse in August while the grand jury was meeting, but it's unclear whether she testified because grand jury proceedings are secret.

Edwards admitted in August 2008 – eight months after dropping out of the presidential race – that he had an affair with Hunter, who had been hired by his campaign to produce promotional videos. He said the affair ended in 2006, and he has denied fathering her child.

Sources have told WRAL News that they expect Edwards to publicly admit paternity of the child, most likely after the investigation into the use of his campaign funds is over.


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  • beachboater Dec 11, 2009

    "Yep, same people as watch shows such as "Inside Edition" and read "People" magazine"

    hey, what's wrong with People Magazine?

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  • dougalu Dec 11, 2009

    And UNC Chapel Hill says how proud they are of their favorite son...

  • anti-Hans Dec 11, 2009

    Thought the news on JE was already out?

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 11, 2009

    Who would buy this book? I wouldn't read it if someone gave it to me.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Dec 11, 2009

    some people will do ANYTHING for money....

  • Grandpeople Dec 11, 2009

    Well, the poor guy has to make a living since "his" man didn't make it to the White House. Johnny - "mr. squeeky clean" "came from a mill worker" down to earth kind of guy, is just a sinner, self serving lying cheat. What do you expect from a lawyer like that. I hope they throw him in jail. So go easy on Mr. Young - I don't want to have to pay for his house and way of living. Let him sell books - Boo Hoo

  • Timetogo Dec 11, 2009

    I'm sorry. I'm soooo sorry (that I got caught).

  • willowisthankfulforchristmas Dec 11, 2009

    yup only way she can make real money

  • SkepticalGirl Dec 10, 2009

    I would so love to see the look on Elizabeth's face if they'd BOGO this this piece of trash with her own rag "Resiliance" or whatever it was called. Two coat-tail riding holier-than-thou alleged authors with nothing to say that anybody with a half a brain could possibly care less about.