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Once Upon a Secret - My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath-logo

Once Upon a Secret - My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

Mimi Alford

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In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy Administration had reinvigorated the capital and the country-and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Although she started as a lowly intern, Mimi made an impression on Kennedy's inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself. Almost immediately, the two began an affair that would continue for the next eighteen months. In an era when women in the workplace were still considered "girls," Mimi was literally a girl herself-naïve, innocent, emotionally unprepared for the thrill that came when the President's charisma and power were turned on her full-force. She was also unprepared for the feelings of isolation that would follow as she fell into the double life of a college student who was also the secret lover of the most powerful man in the world. Then, after the President's tragic death in Dallas, she grieved in private, locked her secret away, and tried to start her life anew, only to find that her past would cast a long shadow-and ultimately destroy her relationship with the man she married. In 2003, a Kennedy biographer mentioned "a tall, slender, beautiful nineteen-year-old college sophomore and White House intern, who worked in the press office" in reference to one of the President's affairs. The disclosure set off a tabloid frenzy and soon exposed Mimi and the secret that she had kept for forty-one years. Because her past had been revealed in such a shocking, public way, she was forced, for the first time, to examine the choices she'd made. She came to understand that shutting down one part of her life so completely had closed her off from so much more. No longer defined by silence or shame, Mimi Alford has finally unburdened herself with this searingly honest account of her life and her extr

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker

Length:

6h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:19


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:34