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

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In 1964, Mary Pinchot Meyer, the beautiful, rebellious, and intelligent ex-wife of a top CIA official, was killed on a quiet Georgetown towpath near her home. Mary Meyer was a secret mistress of President John F. Kennedy, whom she had known since private school days, and after her death, reports that she had kept a diary set off a tense search by her brother-in-law, newsma ...more
ebook, 380 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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Bob Mayer
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. Even more interesting, is the day after she was killed, Khrushchev was forced out of power.

It's these quirks
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 ...more
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 ...more
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-School & on Vassar weekends. They meet up again after she's just gotten married at the opening of a U.N. Convention in San Francisco....and they continue to meet socially & politically on & off through the years. Her husband turns out to be a strong willed, opinionated sod high within
Jeri Johnson
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.
Sarah Miers
I've been done with this book for a while but haven't had a chance to write the review I wanted to till now. It's a good book -- as the author points out, much of the documentary evidence needed to "prove" anything about Mary Meyer has been destroyed. Still, it's an interesting look at a very interesting woman who was a free spirit at a time (the 1950s and 60s) and a place (Washington DC) where that wasn't necessarily welcomed. I found myself more interested in Mary as an artist than as an alleg ...more
University of Chicago Magazine
Nina Burleigh, AM'87

From the author: "A dissection of Washington's most intriguing murder mystery, of American aristocrat and CIA wife Mary Pinchot Meyer, and a glimpse into teh twsite private lives of the Cold Warriors of the Georgetown set. Meyer, a JFK friend and lover, was killed in a daylight murder ten days after the Warren Commission Report was released. Her murder was never solved. Brother-in-law law Ben Bradlee admitetd handing her diary over to CIA superspook James Jesus Angleton
I can't believe that this murder has never been solved. The author did a very good job of presenting the social life in Washington in the 1960s. Great read.
The biography of Mary Meyer, Vassar grad, CIA wife, and mistress of John F. Kennedy, who was murdered a year after Kennedy was assassinated. Only one chapter is about her relationship with JFK. There is a great deal of the history of the early CIA. I enjoyed reading about life in Georgetown and DC in the 1950's.
Jan 17, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
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+!
Emily Ann Meyer
it was interesting from a perspective of what it was like to be a woman in Washington in the 1960s, also nice bit about the whole MK Ultra thing and Kennedy
Maureen Flatley
One of the most interesting Camelot books ever written about a little known figure in President Kennedy's life.
If you have a big interest in Washington DC society or the Kennedy's, it's an interesting book.
Great book,well written,kept me wondering.
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