What Really Happened by Rielle Hunter


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...A woman hounded by the media while raising an infant fathered by a cheating man manages to render herself unsympathetic.


The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair made headlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “a fall from grace,” “a modern-day tragedy”—it’s a story that has been reported, distorted, and spun over and over again by the media, by political aides, by the U.S. government, by supposed friends. However, there is someone who actually knows the truth, someone who lived it from day one—the woman at the heart of the story itself: Rielle Hunter.

In the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller What Really Happened, Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met, how their accidental love started and escalated, what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president, the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign, how the affair became public, the extensive cover-up, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

Meet Edwards’s political players and get an intimate look at how they really operated. Learn about the evolution of “friends,” enablers, and do-gooders, their involvement with the affair and Edwards’s 2008 presidential campaign, and where the money from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron actually went.

This book doesn’t spin the truth to achieve a prettier picture or a better story. It isn’t about changing anyone’s mind. It’s simply the facts, the truth of what really happened.

About Rielle Hunter

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Rielle Hunter has been writing since 1993. She has studied meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophies. What Really Happened is Hunter's first book. She has one daughter, Frances Quinn.
Published June 22, 2012 by BenBella Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jul 15 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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Sep 01 2012

...A woman hounded by the media while raising an infant fathered by a cheating man manages to render herself unsympathetic.

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Reviewed by Emily Bazelon on Jun 27 2012

There are many things to dislike about this book...by making herself so loathsome, she distracts us from the cad at the heart of the story: John Edwards

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Reviewed by Margaret Carlson on Jun 27 2012

Rielle thinks she’s the victim, Elizabeth the villain and Johnny, who did it all for love, the hero...Her book may be shelved under nonfiction, but her story is pure fantasy.

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Reviewed by Rachel Quigley on Jun 01 2012

Her own personal narrative is as fascinating as the ensuing campaign scandal

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Reviewed by Noreen Malone on Jun 27 2012

She was a little obsessed with describing where and what she ate and drank...the whole memoir could be repackaged as the tawdriest food diary ever

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