A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer

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Bantam Books, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
Her husband was a top CIA official. Her lover was the President of the United States. And three decades after her death, her murder is unsolved. Journalist Nina Burleigh explores the continuing fascination surrounding Mary Pinchot Meyer in the first book to look at this beautiful, intelligent, reckless woman and the circumstances of her mysterious death. Mary Pinchot Meyer was found shot to death on a wooded Georgetown towpath less than a year after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Because she was a former CIA wife, Mary's murder fueled intense speculation. What few knew at the time was that Mary, a frequent visitor to the White House, had also been JFK's lover. In a time when women like Mary were expected to glitter as wives and hostesses, she wanted more. She had an ecstatic, disastrous affair, sought out Timothy Leary to try LSD, and began to paint experimentally. Her marriage in ruins, she became the President's lover and trusted companion, the woman JFK chose to be with on the night after Marilyn Monroe's body was discovered. And when Mary herself died the following year, the search for her diary was carried out by her brother-in-law, newsman Ben Bradlee, and by CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton. Did Mary Meyer die because of her proximity to power? Or was the right man -- an alleged would-be mugger -- arrested after all, only to be acquitted?

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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

ah... 2 Stars......maybe 3 Stars (if you like lots of information & politics) This reads like a long and boring (as in TMI) novel. The crux is an upper-crust, privileged, gal meets JFK while at Prep ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

This is the story of Mary Meyer - President Kennedy's mistress. I read this and it was very good, if a little over-involved in the writing. I liked this story very much and give it a B+! Read full review


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Nina Burleigh's articles have appeared in Time, The Washington Post,The Chicago Tribune, and New York Magazine. She lives in New York.

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