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Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Young’

Rielle Hunter Criticizes Her Literary Image

gqlogo.jpgIn a ten-page interview with GQ, John Edwards‘ mistress Rielle Hunter finally told her side of the story. Interestingly enough, she spends most of her time defending herself against books–a literary review embedded inside a political conversation.

Hunter first commented on her relationship with novelist Jay McInerney during the 1980s, a relationship that inspired a fictional role in his novel Story of My Life. “I love Jay. Jay is a great guy, a lovely man. To date? That time in my life was a nightmare.”

Next she disputed how Edwards’ wife Elizabeth portrayed the discovery of the Hunter affair in her memoir. Here’s Hunter’s story, blaming an unexpected phone call from Elizabeth: “And I answered the phone and said, ‘Hey, baby.’ And, click … And then she confronted him and confronted him, and he finally confessed. He didn’t confess like she claims in her book.”

Next she disputed Edwards aide Andrew Young portrayed her in his memoir: “I’ll say this about Andrew’s book: If his grand-jury testimony matches his book, I would suspect that they will be looking at him for many, many counts of perjury.”

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Andrew Young and Henry Paulson Books Featured on Good Morning America

gmalogo.jpgLast year celebrities took all the big book deals. In 2010, political books seem to be dominating the field. Today, John Edwards‘ adviser Andrew Young and former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. discussed their books on Good Morning America–dishing gossip for political junkies.

Young talked about the toughest decisions he made during Edwards’ doomed candidacy for president–including the campaign’s decision to deny paternity of his mistress’ child. Young’s segment is embedded below. Last year we reported on controversy over Young’s book proposal. Paulson, on the other hand, provides a first-hand look inside the White House as the nation’s economy crumpled under his watch–another gripping, tragic story.

Here’s a breathless excerpt from Paulson’s book. That video segment is embedded after the jump: “Do they know it’s coming, Hank?” President Bush asked me. ‘Mr. President,” I said, “we’re going to move quickly and take them by surprise. The first sound they’ll hear is their heads hitting the floor.’ It was Thursday morning, September 4, 2008, and we were in the Oval Office of the White House discussing the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the troubled housing finance giants.”

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John Edwards Staffer’s Book Proposal Leaked

johnedwards23.jpgShould newspapers report on a book proposal the same way they would report on a finished book? Over at Mediaite, a new essay looks at the NY Times‘ recent reporting on a book proposal about the sordid story of John Edwards and his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.

The article explains how the newspaper report rested on a leaked book proposal by Andrew Young, the former Edwards staffer who was embroiled in the whole scandal during the 2008 election season. The Mediate essay worries that proposals are not held to the same editorial scrutiny as a finished book, and didn’t merit the Times treatment.

Check it out: “It’s in both the author’s and the agent’s best interest to make sure what they are officially submitting to publishers as the truth is in fact as close to it as can be reasonably expected. But it is not guaranteed, and there is no formal process to ensure it beyond an established good faith between agents and editors. Moreover, these are tough times in publishing and celebrity sells. Not to mention, Andrew Young, the author of this proposal has already lied to the public-at-large in the form of the affidavit he signed claiming paternity of Hunter’s child.”

John Edwards’ Aide Pitches Publishers

johnedwards1.jpgJohn Edwards‘ close adviser Andrew Young hopes to publish a book exploring his strange role in the 2008 scandal that ruined the politician’s hopes for a Presidential bid.

According to the Daily Beast, David McCormick at McCormick Williams is making the rounds with Young’s proposal. One unnamed editor speculated that the deal could earn up to $1 million for the political aide.

Here’s a description of the juicy proposal: “the book would chronicle the tale of his long friendship with the Edwards family, his attempt to help Edwards by taking a pregnant Rielle Hunter into his home to live with him and his wife, Cheri, and their three children, and the fallout when the press (and Elizabeth Edwards) caught wind of the plan.”