The Politician: an insider's account of John Edwards's pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down

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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.
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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.

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subject_facet Political campaigns, Presidential candidates -- United States -- History -- 21st century -- Biography, Scandals -- United States -- History -- 21st century, Sex scandals, United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
title_display The Politician
title_full The Politician An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down, The politician [electronic resource] : an insider's account of John Edwards's pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down / Andrew Young, The politician [sound recording] : an insider's account of John Edwards's pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down / Andrew Young
title_short The Politician
title_sub an insider's account of John Edwards's pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction