By Mimi Alford
#1 NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
in the summertime of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to start an internship within the White condominium press workplace. After simply 3 days at the task, the privileged yet sheltered younger lady was once provided to the President himself. presently, the 2 begun an affair that may proceed for the subsequent eighteen months. Emotionally unprepared to counter the President’s aura and tool, Mimi was once additionally ill-equipped to deal with the emotions of isolation that will stick to as she fell into the double lifetime of a faculty pupil who used to be additionally the key lover of the main robust guy on this planet. After the President’s assassination in Dallas, she grieved by myself, locked her mystery away, and attempted to begin a brand new existence, basically to be blindsided by means of her past.
Now, now not outlined via silence or disgrace, Mimi Alford eventually unburdens herself with this unflinchingly sincere account of her lifestyles and her tremendous deepest moments with a really public guy. This paperback variation contains a specific Q&A, within which the writer displays at the severe media cognizance surrounding the book’s preliminary unencumber. Once Upon a Secret is a relocating tale of a lady rising from the shadows to reclaim the truth.
“With the good thing about hindsight and solid outdated adulthood, [Mimi Alford] writes not only concerning the mystery, however the corrosive influence of maintaining that mystery. . . . You can’t support liking her, or her dependent and carefully good-natured book.”—The Spectator
“What [Alford] sacrificed in lucre she has greater than recovered in credibility and dignity.”—The Washington Times
“Compelling . . . a cultured voice telling a reputable tale you could take to the bank.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Explosive . . . searingly candid.”—New York Post
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Additional info for Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
If the President have been not anything greater than a summer season fling, holding my mystery between my Wheaton classmates may were quite effortless. yet this wasn’t a fling. the connection endured into the autumn and iciness, requiring many journeys to work out the President, which made me self-conscious approximately any point out of him. i used to be nervous approximately being in a scenario the place i would permit anything slip, so I replied by way of chickening out into myself and turning into just a little a loner. I didn’t perform collage occasions or make many associates. I didn’t loiter around within the “smoker”—the smoking room within the dorm basement—where women could sit back over cigarettes and gossip. I virtually by no means noted my lifestyles. What might I say that wouldn’t think like a lie? The most secure direction, i made a decision, was once to stay silent. simply because my overriding objective used to be to guard the President’s and my reputations, I withdrew even from my roommates, who had additionally been classmates at Farmington. I doubt they spotted any drastic swap in my character; I didn’t remain in mattress all day or pout or sigh dramatically at bizarre moments. I wasn’t extraordinarily distracted in that lovesick manner. i used to be simply withdrawn and on safeguard, and it used to be a stance that clouded my relationships with neighbors for years. My courting with the President, even though, maintained its depth throughout the iciness as he endured to beckon me to the White apartment and request my presence on presidential journeys. no longer all of those journeys have been unqualified delights. One, specifically, stands out in my brain for its excellent highs and its devastating lows. In early December, the President used to be scheduled to head on a journey of 11 western states. Dave Powers known as me to determine if i may catch up with the entourage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the tail finish of the journey. After that, we'd move directly to Bing Crosby’s apartment in Palm Springs for a few much-needed R&R. all over again, i'd need to signal out from Wheaton and go back and forth to Washington to seize the backup to Air strength One—with one an important distinction: i used to be not a part of the click place of work. i used to be on board an legitimate White apartment aircraft as a civilian, which, in accordance with oral histories on the Kennedy Library, made not less than one unnamed reporter considering my position. (And, looking back, for extraordinarily reliable cause: a faculty sophomore at the President’s aircraft? ) Pierre Salinger, who used to be as expert as somebody on the planet at deflecting journalists’ suspicions, should have smoothed over any issues, simply because not anything ever got here of it. after we bought to Albuquerque, I joined mess around on an impressive horseback journey in the course of the excessive desolate tract. We rode until eventually sundown, and then I again to the inn to attend for the President and Dave Powers, after which proceeded to regale them with bright descriptions of my afternoon as we dined within the President’s suite. It were an excellent day, and the President appeared certainly satisfied. tomorrow, we headed out to Bing Crosby’s apartment in Palm Springs, the place a wide festive crowd—many from the leisure industry—had amassed to greet President Kennedy.