A Very Private Woman : The Life and Unsolved Murder of



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  1. Bob Mayer Bob Mayer says:

    Intriguing look into a character who may, or may not, have had a large role in our history Was she JFK s confidant through the Cuban Missile Crisis What I found fascinating, and led to writing my latest book, is the fact she was murdered almost a year after JFK s assassination and the killer was never found The way she was killed bullet to the heart and head, suggests a professional Eveninteresting, is the day after she was killed, Khrushchev was forced out of power.It s these quirks Intriguing look into a character who may, or may not, have had a large role in our history Was she JFK s confidant through the Cuban Missile Crisis What I found fascinating, and led to writing my latest book, is the fact she was murdered almost a year after JFK s assassination and the killer was never found The way she was killed bullet to the heart and head, suggests a professional Eveninteresting, is the day after she was killed, Khrushchev was forced out of power.It s these quirks of history that often give me the best ideas for writing Truth is stranger than fiction Did Angleton from the CIA really destroy her diary Was it even the real diary This book is an intimate look into the lives of the powerful in Washington an underbelly few have evr experienced


  2. Roberta Roberta says:

    A really interesting book, especially if you live in DC and yes, I started to read this before I realized that a movie about Mary Meyer was coming out My only complaint is that the author seems to have come up with certain key themes or summary points that she uses over and over to clarify a section and transistion to the next led to over use of the same sentences over and over again through the book, but that was interspersed with a lot of interesting information about DC, the DC art scen A really interesting book, especially if you live in DC and yes, I started to read this before I realized that a movie about Mary Meyer was coming out My only complaint is that the author seems to have come up with certain key themes or summary points that she uses over and over to clarify a section and transistion to the next led to over use of the same sentences over and over again through the book, but that was interspersed with a lot of interesting information about DC, the DC art scene in the 50s 60s, the CIA, Kennedy, Timothy Leary etc


  3. Kent Kent says:

    For Baby Boomers like myself, this book takes you back to simpler times , the 50s 70s It turns out that those simpler times weren t so simple after all Post war Washington was still considered a small town WWII veterans, mostly officers, men considered heroes by their peers, are filing the ranks of the replacement for the OSS the CIA Even though this book is a biography of Mary Pinchot Myers, the author takes you through the changing landscape of the times Some of the things I learned in For Baby Boomers like myself, this book takes you back to simpler times , the 50s 70s It turns out that those simpler times weren t so simple after all Post war Washington was still considered a small town WWII veterans, mostly officers, men considered heroes by their peers, are filing the ranks of the replacement for the OSS the CIA Even though this book is a biography of Mary Pinchot Myers, the author takes you through the changing landscape of the times Some of the things I learned in this book were a young Gloria Steinem received CIA funds to organize the American student presence at the Vienna Youth Festival in 1958, an event expected to be under Soviet influence the CIA funded research into LSD, disguising the source of funds through false foundations JFK had a voracious appetite for womenwomen other than the beautiful Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy the murder of Mary Meyer, presidential mistress, was never solved some think it was the work of the CIAwe ll never know Only one of the ten chapters in this book deals with the affair with JFK, but the remaining chapters were very informative for me There s nothing special about the writing, but it s the progression through that periods, and all of the changes in society, race relations, international posturing, and national security that intrigued me I enjoyed reading A Very Private Woman The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer


  4. Jeri Johnson Jeri Johnson says:

    Nothing particularly spectacular about the writing style But the actual true story of Mary Meyer s life was very interesting I am an artist myself so I was interested in the group of artists she associated with I looked them up on the internet to see what their work looked like Her comings and goings at the White House was also very interesting.


  5. Carmen Thompson Carmen Thompson says:

    Facts vs rumorsAuthor gives detailed history of the world in which Mary lived Also states rumors allowing the reader to reach their own conclusions I found this book interesting and was astounded by how tightly knit the group of elite people around Kennedy were connected since his childhood as were many Washington elites.


  6. Beth Farley Beth Farley says:

    Ugh Books about unsolved crimes are ultimately so unsatisfying And while this has lots of fascinating information about the beginning of the CIA, the art scene in Washington DC in the 50 s 60 s, racism during that time, conspiracy theories both about her and JFK s death, it s not exactly a page turner, so it s definitely not a fast read I really liked this quote in relation to, not only assassinations but so many events that happen in our world Fate often flings strange coincidences aro Ugh Books about unsolved crimes are ultimately so unsatisfying And while this has lots of fascinating information about the beginning of the CIA, the art scene in Washington DC in the 50 s 60 s, racism during that time, conspiracy theories both about her and JFK s death, it s not exactly a page turner, so it s definitely not a fast read I really liked this quote in relation to, not only assassinations but so many events that happen in our world Fate often flings strange coincidences around public assassinations and baffling crimes such as Mary s murder Those seeking a framework of order and purpose in the chaos and intrigue of the early 1960 s see endless links and coincidences between her killing and Kennedy s And the info following that kind of blows your mind


  7. Marie Carmean Marie Carmean says:

    Oh how complex are my feelings about this book Yes, I did like it I almost gave it another star because after all, it is extremely well researched and well written But, the life of this ill fated woman really disturbed me The world I wasn t aware of that existed in the 60s disturbed me, though I have made myself aware of many of its darker aspects in my adult years I am no longer the na ve teen I was in those years, happy with a simple existence that was NOT complex And yet this swirl of c Oh how complex are my feelings about this book Yes, I did like it I almost gave it another star because after all, it is extremely well researched and well written But, the life of this ill fated woman really disturbed me The world I wasn t aware of that existed in the 60s disturbed me, though I have made myself aware of many of its darker aspects in my adult years I am no longer the na ve teen I was in those years, happy with a simple existence that was NOT complex And yet this swirl of complexity did exist even as I was immersed in Simon Garfunkel tunes and sundresses and first romantic love I was appreciative of its raw telling of the tale, helping us to understand all that was going on in those years of JFK s rise to prominence and then assassination and so many sordid plots I wanted to read about this woman who held Kennedy s fascination, even as Marilyn Monroe and others did behind the scenes, and the rise of the everlasting war that eventually held its power over my own life Timothy Leary culture, misogynistic men, overindulgence in smoking and drinking and catting around in circles of power were things on another plane as I worried about fitting in with my peers, then planning my wedding and beginning my adult life Those things were very real, and tempered our very government and thus our history It was a raw read, but one I appreciated


  8. Andrea Eckelman Andrea Eckelman says:

    This book didn t grab me like I thought it would It is an interesting portrait of women who went to college, but were then expected to be dedicated wives and mothers Mary Meyer bucked tradition somewhat, but unfortunately very little is known since her diary was destroyed after her murder I was disappointed by the lack of information surrounding both her affair with Kennedy and her death But, if you like this era of history, and don t mind things being uncertain or unclear, you might love th This book didn t grab me like I thought it would It is an interesting portrait of women who went to college, but were then expected to be dedicated wives and mothers Mary Meyer bucked tradition somewhat, but unfortunately very little is known since her diary was destroyed after her murder I was disappointed by the lack of information surrounding both her affair with Kennedy and her death But, if you like this era of history, and don t mind things being uncertain or unclear, you might love this book


  9. Chamie Chamie says:

    Great book,well written,kept me wondering.


  10. Joel Joel says:

    Who was Mary Pinchot Meyer Beautiful, youthful, intelligent freethinker A socialite niece of Gifford Pinchot While working as a news correspondent, she met Cord Meyer, who became a CIA opperative after their marriage, friendships followed in an elite Washington, DC circle A Georgetown resident, an abstract expressionist painter, and an LSD self experimenter, Mary eventually became a mistress of President John Kennedy whom she had originally met in her college years After Kennedy was assa Who was Mary Pinchot Meyer Beautiful, youthful, intelligent freethinker A socialite niece of Gifford Pinchot While working as a news correspondent, she met Cord Meyer, who became a CIA opperative after their marriage, friendships followed in an elite Washington, DC circle A Georgetown resident, an abstract expressionist painter, and an LSD self experimenter, Mary eventually became a mistress of President John Kennedy whom she had originally met in her college years After Kennedy was assassinated, she expressed fears that she might be on a hit list In fact, she was shot to death on a Georgetown towpath near her home less than a year after Kennedy died.The murder is an unsolved case Some who knew Mary claimed she had kept a diary a belief that provoked a resolute search for the book by a couple of prominent public figures.Believe me, it s an intriguing story While Burleigh s book doesn t presume to decisively solve the mysteries of Mary s life her death being the foremost , the facts are laid out so as to stir contemplation and spur continued investigation


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