Once Upon A Secret

My Affair With President John F. Kennedy And Its Aftermath

by Mimi Alford

Once Upon a Secret

Paperback, 213 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, List Price: $15 | purchase


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Book Summary

A former mistress of the 35th president breaks 40 years of silence to present a memoir of their 18-month relationship, when she was a college intern at the White House, and discusses the effects of keeping silent on her later life.

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4 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List

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Dec. 31-Jan. 6: A Whodunit, A Mountain Survival And A JFK Affair

Now a grandmother, former White House intern Mimi Alford details an 18-month affair with President John F. Kennedy in her memoir Once Upon A Secret. Alford writes that her affair began when she was19, in the summer of 1962, with an invitation to the White House swimming pool. "Suffice it to say that Alford writes that she was a virgin when she and the president consummated their relationship, and it happened in Jackie Kennedy's bedroom,"

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