What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

by Rielle Hunter


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937856403
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Sixty-First and Park 3

2 Becoming a Mistress 13

3 Falling in Love 23

4 Working Girl 33

5 And Away We Go 39

6 The Real Deal 49

7 The Leaves Are Changing 59

8 The End of the Year 67

9 One Night Only 77

10 On and On 85

11 The Circle of Life 93

12 Odd Timing 101

13 Yes, I Am 109

14 Knock, Knock 117

15 "She Even Denied She Was Rielle Hunter!" 129

16 Band on the Run 141

17 The End of Just Me 149

18 Changing Diapers, Changing Everything 159

19 The End of My Mistress Stint 173

20 She is Not My Child 187

21 Goodbye, Santa Barbara 193

22 Jersey Girls 201

23 Father of the Year 211

24 The Last Chapter Before the Verdict 223

Epilogue 239

Acknowledgments 243

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