A Very Private Woman – The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer by Nina Burleigh
Once again I braved the new world and left behind my typical political thrillers and read this biography of Mary Myers. What I found was that the fiction works I have read don’t hold a candle to the political intrigue in the real world.
Mary Myers was many things in her life – an excellent student, privileged, wealthy at times, connected to the rich and powerful of Washington, an artist, and also a lover of many, including President John F. Kennedy. She continued to intrigue the world even after her unsolved murder, one year after the assassination of JFK.
In this book you’ll learn about the wealthy of Washington in the 50’s and 60’s, how art movements were sometimes hand-in-hand with politics, and how politicians and government agencies are never what they appear to be. This exceptionally well written book will take you behind the scenes and show you what was actually going on in this great country and the world during the Cold War years.
Nina Burleigh is to be commended for her clear writing style and in-depth research. This literary piece is as much a history book as an incredible biography of a woman who was ahead of her time. Because of her ties to the art world, we can also see how society, government, and art were constantly interacting and changing.
If you enjoy history, or romance, or art, or politics, or spy stories, or unsolved crimes, you are going to love this book. Like the last book I reviewed, Water for Elephants, as you get further and further into the book, you get more drawn into the story and its real-life characters.
And finally, I must congratulate the author, Nina Burleigh, on a great read, and an exceptionally well researched literary treasure.