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A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer Paperback – October 5, 1999
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Shortly after Meyer was found dead, her diaries were spirited away: her brother-in-law, Ben Bradlee, turned the documents over to the aforementioned CIA official, James Jesus Angleton, believing that it was in her, and others', best interest that her secrets die with her. A Very Private Woman pieces together some of these secrets, and hints at many more. It's a compelling story not only of a woman who lived at the edges of power, influence, and history, but who lived in and was buffeted by some of the most significant cultural changes of the second half of the 20th century. --Lisa Higgins --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The first part of the book, the graced childhood, Brearley/Vassar educations and the social connections that the beautiful Mary enjoyed was for me the most interesting. This fascination remained steady through the early days of her marriage to Cord Meyer, their relationship to the World Federalists a group of high-minded world- government idealists, and the decline of their affections and left leaning beliefs.
Mary's relations with the Washington Elite were also revelatory. Especially little known facts of the iconic Ben Bradlee's tell all relations with the CIA. Women were marginalized and often depressed- Mary was psychoanalyzed by the famous Dr. Oller, a follower of Wilhelm Reich. These well-educated and often gifted women toyed with art Gurdjieffian mystecism and many divorced after numbing and endless affairs. Mary Meyer was not unique in her adulterous and monied travels; but her relation to Timothy Leary, (also a CIA confidant at times) and her status as JFK's rare female friend as well as occassional mistress casts a different perspective on the otherwise sex-addicted president.Read more ›
Oh, and Dean Acheson was not *Under-Secretary* of State! Did this woman read anything about diplomacy, the Cold War, or Washington society between 1940 and 1965? How could she and her copy editor not know that Dean Acheson was our Secretary of State, and a major figure in post-war Washington?
Washington was a very exciting place to be -- but you won't get the full description of those times in this book. too bad.
Readers might be disappointed that there is no tidy conclusion, but, then, that's real life. And what Burleigh delivers is the quite remarkable story of one woman who emerges from the label of housewife and hostess to stake out an identity of her own.
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I expected something more well written because the subject is rather fascinating, if sad. I didn't know much about this author, but given her bio on this site from Publisher's... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Loves Drama, Loves to Read
Nina Burleigh completed mountains of research in bringing the reader a detailed account of one of history's unusual and intriguing women. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert T. Meacham
This was a very interesting book, I had never heard of this story. Great inside look at Washington in the 60's.Published 3 months ago by Lisa D.
More background at the beginning than I prefer - still a GREAT READ and interesting informationPublished 12 months ago by me
Book in great shape, with no marks. The book wanders too much; it could have been improved if it had been cut down to 2/3--3/4 its bulkPublished 12 months ago by Antonio Calabria
Wonderfully interesting and superbly researched! Read it !Published 17 months ago by Phyllis Sommer
I found is mildly interesting, good account of those years and the CIA......sad life for her children!......JFK was very reckless and selfish to his familyPublished on April 22, 2014 by maryeconlonmurphy