Friday, April 19, 2024

Petraeus Book by Mistress Almost Completely Sold Out on Amazon


“All In,” the book written by General Petraeus’s mistress, Paula Broadwell, is now a hit. Thanks to revelations of their affair, “All In,”  has only 16 copies left in stock at It’s up to number 108 on amazon on the list of all books–and this is the hardcover edition. (The paperback, not so much.) Amazon readers didn’t like “All In” a lot when they first read it. Most commenters accused Broadwell of “hero worship” and said the book had no revelations or insights except for evaluations of Petraeus as a good jogger.

The book was co-written by Vernon Loeb, the Washington Post local editor, who is said to be in the running for higher rank at his newspaper. Alas, he didn’t break the story about Broadwell and Petraeus even though it was right under his nose. From what I gather, she did the “field work” and then phoned or emailed it into Loeb, who wrote it up. And no one ever questioned how this woman, who had not authored anything before, had such extraordinary access to the head of the CIA.

Of course, this reminds us of another woman who got incredible access to a US Senator running to get his party’s nomination. No one seems to have picked up on the fact that Broadwell lives in Charlotte, North Carolina not too far from Rielle Hunter, John Edwards’s ex (or maybe current, who knows?) mistress and babymama. Charlotte was also home to the Democratic National Convention over this past Labor Day weekend. Who knew so much was going in Charlotte, NC? When I was there this summer it just seemed like a quiet, happy place, just another sprawled out suburb. But of course that’s the kind of place where most soap operas are set!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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