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For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend.
Now, looking back 50 years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.
When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit.
From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK's presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick's sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie's trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Jackie's intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination; to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children.
Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon - a tragedy that haunted him for 50 years.
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By Alexis on 04-08-12
This Memoir is a Blessing!
Thank you, Mr. Hill for this fabulous memoir. I was only 14 years old when President Kennedy was killed, but I had been a die-hard believer in him and lover of Mrs. Kennedy since before his election. My heart was broken by the events in Dallas, by the pain and suffering of Mrs. Kennedy and the President's friends and family. It has taken years to be able to deal with the loss I felt. For 45 years, I could barely watch images of the Kennedy family without tears and that long-dreaded ache in my heart. The Kennedy Detail was the first book I could read that included any description of the assassination. You memoir completed the healing.
I'm no different from millions of other Americans who suffered so terribly over the death of our youthful President and in the years that followed, suffering made worse by all the conspiracy theories and the smutty, salacious books that have been appeared in more recent times.
Your friendship with Mrs. Kennedy was so lovely. Your recollections support the image and reality of the graceful, gracious First Lady of my youth. There is nothing but love and healing in your memoir, and I consider it a gift to humanity. I believe it is going to be wildly successful, a best-seller for sure, and you deserve it!
To readers: buy this book. You will love it. No matter how much you may have read or seen about the Kennedy family and the years that have come to be known as Camelot, you have never read or heard anything like this. Mr. Hill has given us the real deal: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she truly was.
Jeremy Bobb gave a flawless performance. One of the best I've ever heard on any audiobook. Every inflection, every pause, every syllable brought the era vividly back and made your story even more enthralling.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Brenda on 04-15-12
This is a very sweet and touching book about the Kennedys. It's nice to know that Mrs. Kennedy was kind and respectful to those that guarded her. She sounds like a very loving and warm mother and wife.
God Bless her and Mr. Hill.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By melanie on 07-21-12
Brilliant, please buy this book. You will be lost in the narrators voice (sounds a bit like Rob Lowe) it's soothing. This book does'nt go in for gossip but tells the story of Jackie Kennedy during her time as The First Lady by her own Secret Service guard. I really really enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Pat on 04-16-12
best memoir I have ever read
one of the most captivating memoirs I have ever read. I knew her story, only by report in newspaper, but this tells an intimate story of the real Jackie Kennedy
5 of 5 people found this review helpful