She said she wanted him to drop out of the race to protect the family from media scrutiny, but stood by his side anyway.
In August, the National Enquirer reported John Edwards was the father of his mistress's child. The woman, Rielle Hunter, was a videographer who John Edwards hired to produce videos for his campaign Website.
Elizabeth Edwards never identifies Hunter by name in he book, but she says that while her life may be tragic, Hunter's is "pathetic."
An advance copy of the book, "Resilience," was obtained by the New York Daily News.