This was one of the best books I've read this year. The details and back story on the agents make the narration of the assassination come to life in such a way that you are emotionally tied to the event. I cried like I was living it, and this took place 20 years before I was born. The book was so blunt in its description of love and disdain for different characters by different agents that I cant imagine it being anything but the god honest truth.
The subject is intriguing because I was a young teenager when the event took place. I was old enough to remember perceptions and reactions of others. The book, however, is not the work of a skilled, artistic writer. It is a series of facts presented and repeated and repeated and repeated. It is adequately wordsmithed, but I suspect it was more of a therapeutic release for the author than an obsession to accurately document history. That would be understandable. After what those agents endured they have my respect as well as my compassion. The conspiracy theorist seem like paranoid nitpickers. The narrator mispronounces Caroline's name throughout. Guess he never heard the Neil Diamond song. Still, I'm glad I listened.
Totally enjoyed this book. Good to finally have the real truth come out. I don't remember it as I was too young. Plus, I'm feeling guilty as I'd never thought much about the Secret Service. God Bless them all.
I rate this audio book very highly. The narration was excellent.
I can't name a most memorable moment; I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
Well spoken, with a voice that was never tiring. I felt he showed the proper amount of emotion, without becoming theatrical, nor droning. He took on the persona of the character with ease, and created a picture in my mind. And his timing, never too fast nor too slow, was perfect.
I have read countless books about the Kennedy's ... their lives, and the president's assassination. This book gave me a different perspective, along with some details I hadn't known before.
This audiobook is a record of historical importance and tells the listener things that only those closest to the assassination would know. Many of the lies and conspiracy theories people blindly accept are refuted here.
Eichmann In My Hands, by Peter Malkin. The first hand accounts given in both books shed new light on two very important historical events.
Not too extreme. But I felt more sympathy for the Secret Service Agents who witnessed the assassination.
I would strongly recommend this book, as it dispels several lies that have been told in connection to JFK, his death, and his security detail.
I am a writer and the author of six non-fiction books. I enjoy anything by John Grisham, Ann Rule and Jodi Piccoult. I also love animals.
This book was written by a member of the secret service who was with the service at the time of Kennedy's death but was not there in Dallas. It is self-serving in some ways in that he becomes defensive. For example, discussing how the Ford Motor company designed the limo without input from the Secret Service, as if that may have changed outcomes. Also, when he discusses how the president himself didn't take his own security seriously, which may have caused a few problems. I came away with the feeling the Secret Service did not have as much power as I thought they did. Maybe that was all then and this is now. I will say that this book did pique my interest in other Kennedy books and I am now reading Case Closed by Gerald Posner and find it very interesting indeed. I also read Stephen King's 11.23.63 and loved it. I know it's fiction, but much of the historical details are exactly as described in Posner's book.
The quality of the writing is direct and vivid, and it springs to life in the superb narration. Truly outstanding!
The author's analysis of the various theories of the Kennedy assassination.
Not that I know.
It had to be the account of Jackie Kennedy sitting on a metal folding chair in the hallway of Parkland Hospital while she was covered with her husband's blood and brain tissue.
In some ways, the book is designed to gain sympathy not only for President Kennedy but also for his political views. In that way, it is somewhat of a puff piece. The comparison at the end between Kennedy and Obama seemed to be over the top because their fiscal ideas are so radically different. However, those issues tend to fade into the background in contrast with the gripping account of how the Secret Service did its work and the last two weeks of Kennedy's life. There is an eerie quality to the book because the listener knows what is coming while the people in the story do not. There can be no doubt that the former agent who wrote the book achieved his objective in destroying the basis for so many conspiracy theories of the assassination. There is clear evidence of the integrity of the Secret Service agents and that the Warren Commission did its work carefully and thoroughly with the information it had. This book demonstrates the old proverb that, in the vast majority of circumstances, events did unfold as they are perceived to have happened. Seldom have I read or heard an account that has caused me to alter long entertained suspicions as this one has. The author and co-writer have put to rest much of the mystery that has always shrouded that day, a day that has always been a major reference point in my life. Kudos to the narrator! He makes the story live, and the characters are very vivid. It is well worth the time to listen, and that is true, regardless of your political views.
not as much as I had hoped
It was fine for a drive
Those of us who lived through the assassination were so stunned by the events, it is interested to hear details, though they do become tedious.
I really enjoyed the performance. The reader's voice was very well suited to the book. I appreciated that Gerald Blaine wrote the book in third person. I feel that it flowed better as a third person narrative than it would have in first person.
I liked the personal anecdotes about President Kennedy and his detail. I liked the story about Agent Hill's interview with Mike Wallace. I found the video on the internet, and I found that the version penned by Gerald Blaine was quite descriptive.
Great voice! I think Mr. Sklar added a lot to the experience for me.
I was very disturbed by the descriptions of the assassination. It was more than just the gruesome detail. It was more that I had grown to love President Kennedy in the chapters leading up to the assassination. Seeing JFK from the perspective of the men who regretted that they did not and could not give their lives for him gave me an appreciation for the loss that the nation felt. I actually felt the shock described of seeing a friend alive and talking one minute and seeing his head blown open the next. This country lost a great man that day in Dallas. I hope to never experience that loss in my life-time.
Devoted, determined, dangerous!
The human side of the Secret Service men and their trauma of the assassination of JFK.
SO sweet and tender, their pain and sorrow drips on each page. And FINALLY straight from the horses mouth their OWN account of their failure to protect the President and how a lone gun man succeeded to killing JFK in Dallas. Finally the conspiracy theories are debunked.
The early days of them getting to know the Kennedy's and the children were precious.
The interview with 60 Minutes of Jerry Baine and Mike Wallace was so powerful.
Very good. His deep voice was wonderful to listen to. He was genuine and tender as well as agressive and tough.
Going to get the paperback to share with my book club.