A storm of recriminations and denials followed the publication of "The Politician," but the testimony inJohn Edwards' criminal trial reads like the book's key chapters.
The former senator from North Carolina is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in illegal campaign contributions while seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Prosecutors say he used the money to bankroll his mistress, Rielle Hunter, rather than his campaign. The defense says the money was a personal gift, unrelated to the campaign.
The key witness for the prosecution is former Edwards aide Andrew Young, who detailed the illicit sexual relationship in "The Politician." He has testified about an elaborate scheme to move money to Hunter. For example, according to the Los Angeles Times, an heiress wrote checks to her interior designer — in one case, for $100,000 with a note on the check saying it was for an antique table. The interior designer endorsed the checks over to Young's wife, Cheri, who signed the checks with her maiden name and deposited them in their personal account. Money was then diverted to Hunter.
Sometimes, reality can be juicier than fiction.