11/13/2012 11:07 am ET

Paula Broadwell's Friends Remind Us She Is An Actual Person

Before we knew the details of Paula Broadwell’s affair with David Petraeus — where she lived, or what her husband’s name was, or how many kids they had — we knew the name of her book.

All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. That double entendre set the tone for Broadwell’s introduction to the world. She was everything a TV drama — or post-election media cycle — could want in a mistress. A Tracy Flick type who'd used a powerful man to get ahead, indifferent to those she'd hurt in the process. A femme fatale for the political set. She was the exotic, globe-trotting Angelina to Holly's stay-at-home, all-American Jennifer, with a touch of Glenn Close's Fatal Attraction crazy (the affair's discovery was allegedly set in motion when Broadwell sent harassing e-mails to another woman Petraeus knew).

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