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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Young Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/6/2014

    " Only thing I can say about John Edwards is "bastard". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karensnoody | 2/3/2014

    " John Edward's is a sleeze bag! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelly Lawter | 2/3/2014

    " I was surprised by how detailed this book was and the span of time it covered. I thought it was just going to be about Edwards' last presidential campaign and the affair and craziness, but it started when Andrew Young first met John Edwards, when he was running for the Senate. It spanned the Senator's whole political career, basically. The beginning, when Young was helping Edwards campaign and then working for him once he was elected Senator, gave me flashbacks of the four months I worked for a US Congressman, which was the worst job I've ever had and four months of total misery. So I'd say it's a pretty accurate reflection of life in a political office. Young seems like he was a "true believer" and basically devoted his life to the Senator, which makes his actions in the affair and cover-up more understandable, if not reasonable. The surprise of the book really isn't John Edwards or his affair (politicians do dumb shit all the time), it's Elizabeth Edwards, who is portrayed very differently here than her squeaky clean, long-suffering cancer survivor image in the media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 2/2/2014

    " I knew I had to read this book when I saw the author and his wife on Oprah. This book gives the reader an inside look at politics and seems to be accurate/believable. It starts slow, but I encourage you to stick with it because the end is well worth it. I truely appreciate the end where the author admits that he made many mistakes during the time he was employed by Edwards (although it was a bit sad that he wasted 10 years of his life in this pursuit). It was also heartwarming that he finally gets it and knows he is worth more than being treated poorly by a self-centered politician. "

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About the Author

Andrew Young earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree at the Wake Forest University School of Law. He served as a volunteer for John Edwards’ winning campaign for US Senate. Hired in 1999, Young became Edwards’ longest serving and most trusted aide. He raised more than $10 million for the politician’s 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 and their three children.