The John Edwards–Rielle Hunter affair madeheadlines for years. “One of the biggest political scandals of all time,” “afall 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, bythe US government, and by supposed friends. There is, however, someone who actuallyknows the truth, someone who lived it from day one—the woman at the heart ofthe story itself: Rielle Hunter.
In What Really Happened, Hunter offers an extremely personalaccount of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actuallymet, how their accidental love started and escalated, what it was like to fallin love with a married man who decided to run for president, the surprise ofbecoming pregnant during the campaign, how the affair became public, theextensive cover-up, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwardspublicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.Meet Edwards’ political players and get an intimate look at how they reallyoperated. Learn about the evolution of friends, enablers, and do-gooders, theirinvolvement with the affair and Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, and wherethe money from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon and Fred Baron actually went.This book doesn’t spin the truth to achieve a prettier picture or a betterstory. It isn’t about changing anyone’s mind. It’s simply the facts, the truthof what really happened.