As Jackie Kennedy once said, "That little freckle-faced girl [Joan Braden] does everything and goes everywhere and Jack and Bobby are forever asking her opinion.".
In 1941, Thomas Braden joined a select group of Americans who enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in the British Army. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was for many years a covert agent on the front lines of the fight against Communism. He worked directly for CIA chief...
In 1941, Thomas Braden joined a select group of Americans who enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in the British Army. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency and was for many years a covert agent on the front lines of the fight against Communism. He worked directly for CIA chief Allen Dulles. After he left the agency, he became first a newspaper owner, thanks to a $100,000 loan from friend Nelson Rockefeller, and then a journalist, who helped launch CNN’s cross fire. His children inspired the well known ABC series, “Eight is Enough.”
His wife Joan, was, as the New York Times wrote in her obituary, “Hostess to a capital elite.” She was a high aide to Nelson Rockefeller and worked on the campaigns of Robert and John Kennedy. Her rumored affairs were only thinly veiled and paramours included Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, among others. Her tell-all memoir was temporarily yanked from publication after Jackie Kennedy supposedly felt that some unseemly revelations touched the Kennedy family.
This was the ultimate Washington family and Joan had the eyes and ears of both Bobby and Jack. As Jackie Kennedy once said, “That little freckle-faced girl does everything and goes everywhere and Jack and Bobby are forever asking her opinion.”
Signed Photograph, Sepia, as President, approximately 8 by 10 inches, with a lengthy inscription as President. “For Joan and Tom Braden, with appreciation and warm personal regards, John Kennedy.”
‘This piece was acquired from the descendants of Joan and Tom Braden and has never before been offered for sale.
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