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Publisher's Summary

A rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.
Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:



Eisenhower's reaction to Russian prime minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident
The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training
Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests
His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate
The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.
©2016 Hill McCubbin, LLC. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynn on 05-08-16

Narration flawed by mispronunciation.

As one who was glued to the television during the Watergate hearings, I was distracted from the story by the narrator who didn't bother to find out the correct pronunciation of the names of people and places.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DDH on 11-22-16

Fascinating Journey

As a book that traces the history of the major political events of my lifetime, I found this to be a fascinating journal of one secret service agent's extraordinary eyewitness account of what went on to protect the president of the United States from the 1950's through the 1970's. For me it humanized each of the presidents and have me an even higher regard for the men and women whose jobs it is to protect our nation's leaders, even at the risk of their lives.

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By Suzy on 10-13-17

Informative biography - bit on the dry side

The book was interesting. It's a biography of Clint Hill through his time in the secret service for the period covered by 5 presidents. I was interested to hear how he was recruited & bits about his family but there wasn't enough of this personal insight for me. With his first president he travelled a lot but didn't see much with one quick stop after another on tour. The period covering the Kennedy years & LBJ was most interesting but it lacked an emotional punch. Apparently there are other books devoted to this period. Overall interesting to learn about a world I'm not familiar with, how protection works (or used to) and to draw your own comparisons to how different things must be today. Excellent narration too, although a little monotone at times made me nod off!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-02-17

Love Clint Hill

Excellent audiobook. Compelling inside track on a turbulent time in US history. Easy to listen to and lacks the boredom factor of UK politics. Highly recommended.

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By William Bulloch on 07-01-16

Outstanding!

This is the best audiobook I have ever read. If you have even the slightest interest in any of the 5 US presidents from Eisenhower to Ford then this is a must read. Full credit to the narrator George Newbern who's voice seemed to take me back in time to the 1960's.

Clint Hill as a member of the secret service has done a great service in writing this book. It makes you realize the great sacrifices that these agents make for their job.

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