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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: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400186501
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Landeryou | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating to read about politics from an insider. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 1/28/2014

    " It's no wonder that politicians aren't trusted. It takes money to win an election and with it comes elitism, a sense of entitlement, and the belief that the rules don't apply. These characteristics are displayed in this book describing the downfall of yet another candidate seeking the power and prestige of high office. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johan Sulaiman | 1/23/2014

    " Dislike all characters who are involved in this Edwards/Rielle mess, including the author himself. One positive thing the book offers is the insider stories, the only reason I keep on turning the page until the end. The corrupting power of money and fame! May all watch; none is immune. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Fogt | 1/19/2014

    " I gave this 3 stars, because I'm a political junkie and it kept my interest...but as someone who despises everything they stand for........I felt like I needed to take a shower everytime I finished a chapter....because all these people are scum of the earth... None of this surprised me however.........It does not take a genius to be able to see through these people...and the Edwards were about as transparent as you could get....What is surprising is the media is so used to pedaling liberal propaganda that they practically ignored the whole thing...the man whom almost became the v.p...and could have been the democrat nominee. Where are all the people that rallied behind this scum now....have they crawled out of their holes??....Oh yeah ...they are all pundits on tv carrying the presidents water now..or they already have positions in the administration...or they are in hollywood keeping their mouths shut hoping nobody figures out the hundreds of thousands of dollars they gave to this idiot....Arrogant, power hungry, lying thieves and crooks. Andrew Young made me just as sick as Edwards and Elizabeth...he can try to play the victim but the fact is that he got payed to play....and he didn't want to play anymore when he stopped getting payed. I'm glad I'm done reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 1/18/2014

    " If you're a fan of John Edwards, don't read this book. It will totally bum you out. It paints a picture of a politician who betrays his wife, friends, and anyone who stands in the way of what he wants. "Scummy," is the word that comes to mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reverenddave | 12/28/2013

    " Atrociously written, rambling, warped by bias, recrimination and explanation for insane behavior, but nevertheless interesting in its revelation of the perceptions and behavior of those closest to Edwards when he went crazy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Biz | 12/12/2013

    " Felt this was an interesting look inside, loved the juicy bits, but clearly Young has an agenda (playing the victim) where any sane person would have GOTTEN THE HELL OUT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Shen | 12/11/2013

    " Fast read. 300 pages. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shad Burner | 12/11/2013

    " Must read for all politicos. Well written narrative about an extremely gifted and tragically flawed man. Though the author certainly has reason to be biased in his story, it is a great read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/19/2013

    " I love a good scandal, but this book is tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan Latta Fernandez | 11/15/2013

    " Very poorly written - don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2013

    " Not great literature, but a great look at the hubris and sense of entitlement that I fear all politicians possess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/5/2013

    " Nothing like a good old fashioned smut book! Loved it, although incredibly surprised by the depth of ignorance all around. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bmfoa | 9/27/2012

    " I have to say that I loved this book. I know it's only one side of the coin, but the sheer hubris involved in the coverup is worthy of the purchase. How to make a politician. Who knew it was so paint by numbers. And dirtier than we even thought. A.MA.ZING. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 8/27/2012

    " No surprises. Interesting how easily one can get caught up in a web of deception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Strongin | 7/27/2012

    " It's like a 200+ issue of US Weekly/People. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 5/9/2012

    " I am ashamed (ironically, in a guilty pleasure sort of way) to say that I throughly enjoyed this book. I like Andrew Young. I can't, though, for the life of me figure out why he stuck around to endure being used by the Edwards' family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 7/31/2011

    " Amazing what money and power can do. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 6/22/2011

    " Another dirtbag politician? No surprise there. Another pitiful, betrayed "insider" trying to cash-in with a tell-all? No surprise there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/24/2011

    " A pretty good read for political junkies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/14/2011

    " I felt kind of dirty just reading this book, yet it was fascinating to read how power and adoration quickly transformed John Edwards into a monster. I'm so glad he was exposed for the sham he was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amelia | 5/3/2011

    " This book is not very artfully written, but entertaining in a tabloid kind of way. I didn't have much sympathy for the main character, Andrew Young, since he kept digging himself a deeper and deeper hole by not standing up for himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/9/2011

    " I felt guilty reading this book because it involved political scandal that was like a train wreck: I couldn't look away even though I felt I should.
    Worth a read, but made me think, "Mother of God, what is with all these people?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/16/2011

    " It took at least halfway through the book to get to the scandal that the book was written about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Svk | 2/13/2011

    " Edwards is a slime bag. Andrew Young is a pathetic human and most likely his motivation is greed. Fascinating story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 2/3/2011

    " A real life guilty pleasure read. No idea how much of this book is true. Mr. Young tries very hard to illicit sympathy from the reader. He did not succeed in getting my sympathy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tisaveeone | 1/18/2011

    " Would not take it as the Gospel of John Edwards according to Andrew Young,it is really self-serving at times, but it was interesting to get a peek into the birth of the scandal. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.