I thought that I would dislike her but instead I really empathized with her naivete. She gives insight into relationships. Kennedy overstepped his boundaries but in a very primitive live-for-the-moment way. The death of his infant son made me empathize more.A very compelling read.
Mimi Alford's account of her affair with JFK was very interesting and told with heart-felt honesty. No stone was left unturned as she unveiled her story. Being the same age as Mimi in 1962, I can relate to a 19 yr. old girl's excitement caused by her experiences in Washington, DC. Young and innocent, Mimi, gave no excuses for her actions, other than she was star-struck and overwhelmed by the affection shown her by the President of the United States. The narrator, Susan Denaker, did a superb job of telling the story, and I felt as though Mimi, herself, was speaking.
No one particular part. All chapters were thoroughly interesting.
There were no funny parts. I almost felt just like I was there, as the descriptions were so vivid.
Recommend the audiobook above other versions due to the excellent narration. Enjoyed this book and appreciated Mimi's honesty. Also, I have a much lower opinion of JFK than before I read the book.
yes... i love sitting outside listening to the book
she made me cry when the president died and she told her boyfriend about what had been going on.
No, b/c I heard what I wanted and it is definitely not something I would listen to over and over again.
Lame, but understandable.
I would have shortened the synopsis of life after the affair while still getting her message across.
Made me sad for her, and the fact that she even in later years thinks love can solve life's emptiness....it can but not from an earthly man.
Don't think that could happen. Just a very sad story. Especially when someone is talking about their own shortcomings.
Probably not. I do not think it was a memroble book..
This book gave insight into a very interesting time in our nation's history. It made me feel for Jackie, and all she went through.
I'm a liberal, so of course I love President Kennedy. Some elements of the story were hard to hear...but the story felt very authentic, open & raw - so, it was enthralling. Another key element to this being a very good book is that the story was more about Mimi than JFK - so, there was a non-partisan feel ...you definitely don't need to know much about politics to enjoy the story. But, if you're a political wonk like me, you'll be wrapped up from the very beginning.
I bought this book on a lark because I am teaching a course on the Presidency in the 20th Century. The book turned out to be quite well done for what it is and provided insight into the private life of JFK. It is not tawdry or titillating in its approach to a delicate relationship and its effect on a 19 year old intern. The book says volumes about how the Presidency of the US is all about power. The author was perceptive of a situation which she knew would get her nowhere in the end. Her silence for the intervening years was admirable and the inside history, particularly during the Cuban Missile Crisis and assassination were interesting in understanding the JFK era.
I'm glad she wrote this, it's interesting to hear how Washington works, and the effect this sort of power has on a young girl's self esteem. I guess it must be sort of intoxicating.
This story is so A-Typical of what went on back in that era. Mimi is no different than a lot
of other young girls who entered the a "working world" at that time. Granted the man Mimi was involved with was the "President" of the United States, but after that, her story is much the same as many other young women back then. The only difference is they never got to tell their stories because the culprit wasn't the President of the United States and so who would care? Frankly, I think the book was a waste of time and money. The only readers that might enjoy this book are those who have had their heads in the sand for a long time and don't realize that these things happened regularly back then. Thankfully times have changed and women don't have to tolerate such illicit behavior by their male counter parts and employers.