Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath Once Upon A Secret My Affair With President John F Kennedy And Its Aftermath PDF Epub Author Mimi Alford Horsebackridingnorthcarolina.us In The Summer Of 1962, Nineteen Year Old Mimi Beardsley Arrived By Train In Washington, D.C., To Begin An Internship In The White House Press Office The Kennedy Administration Had Reinvigorated The Capital And The Country And Mimi Was Eager To Contribute For A Young Woman From A Privileged But Sheltered Upbringing, The Job Was The Chance Of A Lifetime Although She Started As A Lowly Intern, Mimi Made An Impression On Kennedy S Inner Circle And, After Just Three Days At The White House, She Was Presented To The President Himself Almost Immediately, The Two Began An Affair That Would Continue For The Next Eighteen Months In An Era When Women In The Workplace Were Still Considered Girls, Mimi Was Literally A Girl Herself Na Ve, Innocent, Emotionally Unprepared For The Thrill That Came When The President S Charisma And Power Were Turned On Her Full Force She Was Also Unprepared For The Feelings Of Isolation That Would Follow As She Fell Into The Double Life Of A College Student Who Was Also The Secret Lover Of The Most Powerful Man In The World Then, After The President S Tragic Death In Dallas, She Grieved In Private, Locked Her Secret Away, And Tried To Start Her Life Anew, Only To Find That Her Past Would Cast A Long Shadow And Ultimately Destroy Her Relationship With The Man She Married In 2003, A Kennedy Biographer Mentioned A Tall, Slender, Beautiful Nineteen Year Old College Sopho And White House Intern, Who Worked In The Press Office In Reference To One Of The President S Affairs The Disclosure Set Off A Tabloid Frenzy And Soon Exposed Mimi And The Secret That She Had Kept For Forty One Years Because Her Past Had Been Revealed In Such A Shocking, Public Way, She Was Forced, For The First Time, To Examine The Choices She D Made She Came To Understand That Shutting Down One Part Of Her Life So Completely Had Closed Her Off From So Much No Longer Defined By Silence Or Shame, Mimi Alford Has Finally Unburdened Herself With This Searingly Honest Account Of Her Life And Her Extremely Private Moments With A Very Public Man Once Upon A Secret Offers A New And Personal Depiction Of One Of Our Most Iconic Leaders And A Powerful, Moving Story Of A Woman Coming To Terms With Her Past And Moving Out Of The Shadows To Reclaim The Truth.

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  • 05 November 2017
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  • 9780307877796
  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
  • Mimi Alford

10 thoughts on “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

  1. Michelle says:

    I expected this to be a little salacious Mimi Beardsley was the original White House intern, in the Kennedy administration, and was basically outed a few years ago by the press What most struck me about this memoir is, though she wrote it in her late 60s, it reads every bit the na ve 19 year old she was I completely understood how and why things unfolded even if I was cringing on her behalf Her nineteen year old self shines through in a most realistic way It s crazy how long she kept this a secret from the people she loved And it s crazy that JFK would call the communal phone in the dorm and ask for her and people had no idea.She is very discreet with what she shares The sex scenes are no descriptive than he took his pants off and then we were done I didn t really feel why she was so enad of him other than the obvious and if there were sparks between the two they did not show up in ...

  2. Steven says:

    There is a difference between reviewing a book and psycho analyzing an author But this book provokes me to blur that distinction Characters in books are allowed to be three dimensional and textured, as multi layered as lasagna But when a narrator s approach to a character is unclear, when the narrator in fact vacillates between two opposing views, then the book will have problems Is this a story of the mutual, tender love affair between the charming young President and the woman he was drawn to in a passionate, if ill advised romance Or is this a story about the Most Powerful Man in the world and the way he brutally forced himself on a confused, 19 year old virgin It is the latter Alford is to be commended for not pulling punches in her description of her first encounter with Kennedy Indeed, the best writing in the book may be the opening The first ten pages are gripping, suspenseful, and free of any extraneous adornment It reads as Just the Facts, Ma am It is an outstanding beginning Unfortunately, even fifty years later, Alford remains ambivalent about her experience with Kennedy Perhaps he is the only man she has worked for who uses his overwhelming gifts of charm and personality to abuse everyone around him I have known and worked for several It ...

  3. Skyring says:

    America was in love with JFK Even those who hadn t voted for him in 1960, many of whom selectively edited their memories after his death to say that they had For 19 year old Mimi Beardsley, recruited as a summer intern following a fleeting meeting with the President, there was no chance.He literally tested the waters with her, inviting her to his regular lunchtime swim session and later giving her a private tour of the private areas of the White House, where she lost her virginity to JFK and began a two year affair with him Mimi, now Alford rather than Beardsley after two marriages, thinks of herself as a footnote to a footnote of history, but I see her as than this She is, very literally, a paragraph in at least two biographies of those Camelot years, and with historians breathing down her neck until she was finally outed, forty five years later, she decided to go public with her own story.There are two intimate glimpses here in this book Mimi looking back at her nineteen year old self, and her memories of ...

  4. Christie Bane says:

    I totally, completely loved this book, much to my surprise I picked it up looking for a tawdry thrill and haven t stopped thinking about it since Why Here s why.First of all, the author came off as someone who has done a ton of self analysis and has really thought about what she did from every possible angle She s a well educated and thoughtful person and the way she can honestly report her motivation for doing everything that she did, whether they put her in a good light or not, was impressive I don t think there are that many people who really analyze their own actions and thoughts in any kind of objective way like she did.Second, everything she said about their relationship was totally and completely believable I can picture her perfectly as a naive but smart and willing young intern in the white house I believe everything she said she loved JFK, but she never had any false illusions about the outcome of their affair Both she and he handled the affair with class and propriety I have read my share of JFK books and tru...

  5. Sally Wessely says:

    Mimi Alford and I grew up during the same era, so I could relate to much of what she said about the times She had the advantage of being a member of the social register that got her into the best schools and gave her access to jobs such as the one she had as a White House intern I guess my thoughts about what I felt about the story she has to tell about her time as President Kennedy s mistress could be summed up by my reaction to a photo of President Kennedy in today s paper The article that went with the photo recounted how 50 years ago today, the President visited Pueblo, Colorado, as part of the Pan Ark Project I remember that day vividly President Kennedy was the hero of my generation We adored him Never in my wildest dreams would I have suspected that he was accompanied by a young woman just one year older than I was at the time Today, I thought of him in a totally different light I saw him as someone who blatantly took advantage of a young woman I see him as an emotionally compartmentalized person I see him as one who used his power to exert his desires on others in ways that left years of emotional damage for those who fell under his power of charisma The memoir is a good one in many ways At times, I felt the story was told at a surface level It seemed that the author did not dig as deeply into the ways that the affai...

  6. Cyndee Gero-moore says:

    This was a quick read, only took a few hours, and I think you will find worth your time This is, at its essense, the story of a woman taking nearly a lifetime to claim her power It is also a story about a man s egregious abuse of power toward a innocent 19 year old girl She could have said no,you say I challenge any woman who has ever been 19 years old, love and attention starved, and naiive of the ways of the world, to say Mimi Alford could have said no to the President of the United States It was not in her making to say no to anyone And any of us women 50 or over really should understand, because growing up during those times, we know a good girl was taught not to say no, and to please at all costs As did this young woman, which ultimately contributed to a peril she wasn t aware of until many years later.Alford s title is also interesting and true, as she refers to the aftermath of her affair with Kennedy, which colored a...

  7. Ria says:

    Sex makes headlines We are bombarded by the scandalous headlines So I m not from America so I don t really care for JFK I bought this because it was cheap, I was curious and I love that blue color.Idk, I always feel kinda weird rating reviewing memoirs biographies blahblah because it s someone s life but yeah we all know that JFK was having sex with everyone but his wife.Was the relationship predatory and weird Yes ...

  8. Lisa says:

    I have to research about Mimi Alford Right now I m feeling such conflicting emotions I m sorry as a young adult being manipulated into being a mistress It s clear she needed to find a voice, but not sure it needed to be writing a book Even with her caring a secret so long, why didn t she just seek a therapist Give me a break Ok, you had a sexual relationship with a President, but he s gone Mimi If you felt it was important to give your side, I agree you are just a footnote to a footnote I m happy your family supported you, but why do you need rest of the world to soften your heart Ok, you had an unhappy marriage, but engaging again as an adulterous shouldn t result in it being ok I do not excuse our 35th President, but he left a daughter who has yet another book as a reminder Maybe you weren t phased that you disrespected our First Lady , but you should apologize to their family It s a joke to read how you rarely think about JFK, but didn t have trouble...

  9. Farrah says:

    Hmmmm, I have mixed feelings about this book Obviously I finished it very quickly, which speaks to how interesting it was But it was also disturbing.It WAS fascinating to have this insight into the President s personal world and how things like having affairs with 19 year old interns got started and continued for 1.5 years with no one apparently the wiser or at least everyone choosing to ignore it or not acknowledge it publicly You can t help but be amazed considering the 24 hr news cycle we are on now wherein it would be INCREDIBLY difficult for a President to get away with as much philandering as JFK was doing In that way, I think our current way of doing things is better I don t believe a President deserves to be enabled to do things like cheat on his wife and have them kept totally secret by the media and those close to him BUT, as fascinating as her story was and sometimes sickening , this author is a fairly unlikeable unrelatable person While I respect that she kept this a secret for as long as she did and never tried to cash in on it until she was exposed, I thought it was exceedingly odd and off putting that she says SEVERAL times in the book that she felt no guilt about anything ...

  10. Beth says:

    Ick, ick, ick If you don t want to be disgusted by JFK, then don t read this book ICK The book is an easy read, but everything about it is disturbing JFK s behavior, the behavior of his aides, but most of all, the disturbing retrospective account of this 70 year old woman who, even with 50 years distance, thinks that JFK did nothing wrong She s pretty delusional, not only excusing and justifying what is essentially multiple episodes of rape, but in believing that she and JFK shared an intimate relationship, and had he survived, they would have been good friends.While I remain suspicious as to just how intimate their relationship never was I won t provide a spoiler that pretty well addresses it , one thing is very clear this is the sad story of a woman who was used and abused by JFK, went on to have a miserable marriage with someone who was probably not much different, and writes about it now...

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