Very detailed and personal view of the horrible day in Dallas. Interesting but not much new information for those who have closely followed the news and reports. Can't help but feel renewed pain for all those involved - even the traumatized members of the Secret Service.
the story took you on a roller-coaster ride. There were the ups and alot of downs, yet you could still laugh. The writer and reader made it so you could also relate to the story now ( for those who were not born yet) :).
Blaine and Hill where my favorites. I laughed and cried for them and well at them.
After the assasination the story really comes to life. You feel the pain the men felt afterwards. You wanted to know what happened to them after they left the Secret Service, and how it changed there lives. You become so involved with the book you feel as if you lived it with the characters.
Some people simply can't accept the truth. Gerald Blaine does a remarkable job telling the agent's stories.
The details in the book were great. I recommend it for its historical value. The narration was not my favorite. :-( It just didn't work for me. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my style. I would recommend the book overall :-) I recently read "11-22-63" by Stephen King and this was a welcome companion to it. The details in King's book were very accurate. I feel for these secret service men and their families.
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This is a harsh review and after watching the outstanding mini series, "The Kennedys (2011)", I wanted to read this book. I respect the subject matter and the accuracy of what happened in Dallas and JFK and the men that serve for our president. It was an interesting read from Secret Service prospective, but it lacks on evidence of who was blame on Kennedy's assassination. In someways, this book was a bunch of excuses from Secret Service Agents of not doing their jobs. Overworked, too hard, no family, lack in pay, and too much, but the assassination happened on their watch.
I think, that the agents were too emotionally close with the president and first lady, and maybe their judgement were impair because of it. When the first lady walked in her husband's funeral procession, the agents should had step in for the safety of the nation, if not the world, to protect our country's greatest asset at the time.
I am hard on this book because we probably lost one of our great leaders, due to resources and the lack of detail.
It's a shame that JFK wasn't able to complete his term. Less than 5 years after his death, his brother, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. I understand that Secret Service Agents wasn't require to be there to protect his brother, but JFK's assassination should had been a text book on what to look out for to protect our leaders. Robert's death should had been avoided from the fatal shot in 1963, but yet, they learned nothing and see another leader die.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
This is a great book. The book was told from personal perspectives of the Secret Agents protecting the Kennedy family. It offers insight into the relationships which developed between the Kennedy's and the Secret Service as well as the inner workings of the Kennedy White House. It also detailed the difficulties encountered as the Secret Service tried to provide protection. I found it very interesting and informative …sort of an inside view of a line of business I know nothing about (secret service agents) while, at the same time, listening to the back story of that era and of the events leading to and surrounding the killing of President Kennedy. As anyone else who was alive at that time, I remember exactly where I was and how I felt, at age 17, upon hearing the devastating news. I feel that this book is one that most people, who are remotely interested in that event, would enjoy reading – it’s as though I finally know some details about it, which I didn’t have before, and I am satisfied with the accounting.
This is the best book about JKF that I have read to date; absolutely fascinating to learn for the first time details about JFK, his family, and his assassination as told by the folks who were closest to the events: The Secret Service!
The Kennedys were just perfect. And I???m pretty sure the Secret Service men were not the WIMPS Gerald Blaine wrote them as, and Alan Sklars' voice wined throughout.
I???ve listened to audio books for more than 20 years, starting with tapes; this is the first book I could not finish. It was like a rancid piece of meat that was covered in syrup, I could not swallow.
Riveting. Lots of detail. Brought back a lot of memories.
This is the second book narrated by Alan Sklar that I have listened to and he does a great job.