American Adulterer
Author: Jed Mercurio
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Price: $34.00 (Hardcover)

When john Edwards, Eliot Spitzer and Mark Sanford do it, they’re abhorred in the media and among the masses. But when the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy did it, he was naughty by nature. That’s the mental stance of the president Jed Mercurio takes in his novel, American Adulterer. But his sexual exploits catch up with the president, whose affairs with women from Marilyn Monroe to his 19-year-old intern are detailed in relation to the toll they took on him and his family. Using JFK as a figure of later influence, Mercurio examines how politicians’ private lives have become matters of greater public scrutiny.