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.
Wow, Mimi Alford is, on many levels, one brave woman. She was basically raped by Kennedy in their first encounter. He recognized that she was inexperienced and asked if she had ever done "this" before -- AND SHE TOLD HIM NO. He didn't step back and examine the moral dilemma created by taking advantage of this confused, inexperienced, star struck girl. He proceeded to had sex with her anyway -- the thrill of having a virgin perhaps sweetening the prize. Certainly a president has stress beyond the comprehension of most of us, and he deserved relief from it in the manner he was accustomed to. But Mimi, she should have been off limits, even to him. He clearly took advantage of his awe-inspiring stature. To be wanted by him must have been intoxicating. The real shame comes in the repercussions that followed her throughout her life. The secret created collateral damage one could hardly imagine. I feel sorrow for her -- it seems nothing could eclipse this series of events. Apparently she felt it was "safe" to reveal the story now. I don't wonder that Ms. Alford should have denounced him privately and had counseling for being raped and repeatedly assaulted by her abuser before she apologetically escaped.
A mildly interesting story from the young woman's point of view. At least from the viewpoint of her older, wiser self. Although she draws life lessons from the experience and feels she has become more self-actualized than she would have without the experience, I still found it a depressingly common story of abuse of power by the men who run our country. Even worse, men whom so many idolize and admire. I'd like to hear about a young woman who gave her political boss a kick to the groin instead of adoringly hopping in his bed.