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Posted December 6, 2005
A Slice of Political DC
I had previously read Katharine Graham's memoir and some limited information about the other four ladies, but I had never put them into the context of political Washington. It was an interesting read. Who says that women don't have power? Not me, after reading this book.
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Posted December 24, 2011
Power of Georgetown Influence
¿The Georgetown Ladies Social Club¿ by C. David Heyman is an incredible book that explains some of the powerful women who have indirectly/directly shaped past political elections. The following are some excerpts of entertaining details featured in this interesting book:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Chapter Eight Page 161: Mary Meyer was allegedly one of President Kennedy¿s favorite mistresses. He included her in many of his political dealings because of his admiration for her beauty and intellect. To further add to the controversial scandal, there was talk that both the president and Mary were sometimes high on acid while being intimate with each other. Mary Meyer supposedly obtained her drugs from Timothy Leary. It is listed that Mr. Leary was a full-time faculty member of the psychology department at Harvard University.
Chapter Nine Page 182: Kay Graham looked to Averell Harriman and Alice Longworth as human models of aging gracefully. She chose to read more and abstain from drinking in order to emulate them.
Chapter Nine Page 199: President Nixon¿s decision to distance himself from the Georgetown crowd may have affected him politically. Washington hostess Anna Chennault was purported to be one of the few women that he opened up to on a friendship level. In addition, it was discussed that Kay Graham was instrumental in leaking the Watergate story.
Chapter Nine Pages 202-207: Kay Graham was purportedly a charming women who at one time simultaneously attracted the affections of Warren Buffett and Robert McNamara. The book lists how a close friend by the name of Polly Fritchey was aware of the love triangle, and was quoted as saying, ¿Kay adored Mr. Buffett but loved Bob McNamara.¿
Chapter Ten Pages 208-240: Sally Quinn¿s combination of attractiveness and charisma played a pivotal role in her success as a reporter for the ¿Party Section¿ of the Washington Post. I wish to refrain from judging, but Sally Quinn¿s popularity was not without controversy. The chapter discusses the reasons why her and Jackie Kennedy were distant from each other. In addition, Sally Quinn became known hosting New Year¿s parties that become one of the most sought after events in the D.C. area. It is listed why she had to explain that she was masterminding the events out of no other ulterior motive but to have fun.
Chapter Twelve pages 269-320: Compelling information is included on a past marriage between late Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor and Republican politician John Warner. The chapter discusses how Elizabeth Taylor wanted so much to fit in with the Georgetown crowd. On page 287, Pamela Harriman indirectly implied the expectations that she had of Elizabeth Taylor. I was incredibly shocked to read that wealthy women such as Georgette Mosbacher and Arianna Huffington were also trying their best to fit in with the members of the Georgetown elite. Before this chapter, I really thought that women of high wealth had an easy pass into the prestigious ranks of ¿The Georgetown Ladies Social Club.¿ On the other hand, I do have to admit that this chapter enlightened me on why I must take certain social games less personally. There are actual pictures of these women included between the pages of 246-247.
Chapter Fourteen page 335: Kay Graham was mentioned as saying that Pamela Harriman helped get Bill Clinton elected. In addition, Bill Clinton expressed his appreciation by selecting Pamela Harriman as United States ambassador to France on January 20, 1993.
Posted April 24, 2010
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