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John Edwards Helps Wife's Book Sales

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C) after finishing third in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Jan. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Nothing like a good scandal to boost book sales.

And so it goes with Elizabeth Edwards, whose book, "Resilience," is getting a boon from the legal troubles of none other than her own husband, failed Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

Just as Edwards acknowledged Sunday that he's now under federal investigation in connection with payments made to his campaign mistress, his ailing wife's book shot up to No. 88 on Amazon. (In fact, as we wrote this, her ranking went from 93 to 88 and we fully expect it to continue rising as her publicity tour kicks off.)

Not bad for a book that hasn't even been published. Elizabeth Edwards' tell-all book about her husband's infidelity is due to be released next week, on May 12. But already, the author has enjoyed four days on Amazon's top 100 list.

She surely couldn't have imagined that her own husband, who has stayed out of public view since admitting last summer that he'd had an affair with campaign roadie Rielle Hunter, could help so much with book sales.

The former North Carolina senator was back in the spotlight this weekend. The Associated Press reported that federal investigators are probing whether Edwards's 2008 campaign may have violated the law by shuffling money to his political action committee to pay Hunter for videos she produced of her favorite presidential candidate (who she seduced with the old stand-by "you're so hot.").

In her book, Elizabeth Edwards describes her sickened reaction when her husband confessed -- though not fully truthfully -- that he'd cheated on her. "I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up," Edwards writes.

According to the New York Daily News, which got an advance copy of the book, Edwards does not mention Hunter by name. Nor does she address the lingering question of whether her husband fathered Hunter's infant daughter. But she describes Hunter's life as "pathetic."

We'll hear more from Mrs. Edwards when she makes a scheduled appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show this Thursday to discuss her husband's affair and her battle with cancer.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 4, 2009; 7:20 AM ET
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I think that John Edwards is a selfish dirt bag - not to mention a liar & deceiver.
Thank you.

Posted by: Huskergirl | May 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

One of the things I respected most about Jacqueline Kennedy was that she kept her own counsel concerning her private life with the president while they were living in the Whitehouse and for the many years following that time. She, no doubt, had her own reasons for that decision, but surely among them, I believe, was that she thought to do otherwise would not be helpful to her children.

Elizabeth Edwards, I am sure, has her own reasons for a different kind of decision. Although, I don't agree with that decision, which is none of my business, I admire her greatly for the loving way she has lived her life and hope that the book will be all that she wants it to be.

Posted by: tenfortynineAM | May 4, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

John Edwards should just crawl into a hole and stay there the rest of his life.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | May 4, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Now the adulterer helps his wife make money on his infidelity. He should lock himself away for the rest of his life instead of capitalizing on his reprehensible actions. Only in America! Shameful and taudry behavior. Thank God he never made it to the White House!

Posted by: arthurgowran | May 5, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What a shame that Mrs. Edwards feels the need to air a personal family matter by writing a book and visiting a talk show thus causing her children to relive the nightmare.

Posted by: louise2001 | May 6, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Give John Edwards a break! He had a moment of weakness, just like Clinton, who had several, and JFK, who had a bunch. Edwards did not start bogus wars or torture people or any of the other crimes Republicans committed. How about some perspective here?

Posted by: shaman7214 | May 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

They have plenty of money, why publish a book and thereby continue to drag this out in public?

Posted by: soonerthought | May 6, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

John Edwards had far, far more than a moment of weakness. After running as a family man, he used campaign funds to hire his entirely unqualified trashy mistress. He conducted a long term affair while his wife was gravely ill. A cadre of supporters conspired to get someone else to take the blame for the baby. Edwards is an utterly repulsive, unethical, selfish & immoral human being in my estimation & I was a supporter of his.

Posted by: cosmiccanine | May 6, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with some of the posters. Edwards did what JFK, Ike, Clinton, and who knows who else (oh, FDR) and had a girlfriend on the outside.

You have to question why Elizabeth would want to air all of this in a book, as one said, they have plenty of money. Is it revenge? Not very commendable on her part.

And, what of her family, children, his family, etc. Wouldn't she think twice before putting them in the spotlight to which I imagine they would rather not be?

One other point, if she found out about this while on the campaign trail, it seems that she was going to let him proceed with the quest for the presidency, knowing that he had done a dispicable thing. Would she have still backed him, had he been the Democratic choice?

Posted by: susta505 | May 7, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Not that I like Mr. Edwards behaviour.
But his wife, having marriage problems
and battling with cancer, uses the opportunity to make money.
Are this the real "American Values" ?
Probably yes , so no wonder ....

Posted by: mixedbreed | May 9, 2009 5:58 AM | Report abuse

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