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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.

"[The Politician is] beach reading featuring unforgettable characters spilling sensational secrets." ---Maureen Dowd, The New York Times

"Replete with colorful anecdotes and vignettes, this forceful memoir offers a familiar, if a bit slippery, tale of lost youthful innocence." ---The New York Times

"Foley's skillful performance makes the story of the sad, sick world of politics impossible to turn off." ---AudioFile

"In its account of scandal-frenzy, The Politician [reads] like a collaboration between Tennessee Williams and P.G. Wodehouse." ---The Wall Street Journal

"This is a book worth [hearing] for its larger drama." ---Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"[The Politician is] beach reading featuring unforgettable characters spilling sensational secrets." ---Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
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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

Author Andrew Young

Narrated by Kevin Foley

Publication date Feb 15, 2010

Running time 12 hrs

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