A fascinating listen. I was initially intimidated by the stated length of this title, but was disappointed that there was not another (or twenty more) chapters when it ended.
Good narration, except that there were lots of proper Japanese names butchered.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in bios and history.
A riveting and intimate account of what it was like to protect the president during this era, but defiled by the glaring, festering sore that is Part 2/Chapter 11, in which Blaine whines ad nauseum about how unfair it is that much of America questioned the Warren Report, and put forth their own theories about what may have happened behind-the-scenes, however implausible.
Blaine's indignant protests paint an image that he and his fellow agents were nearly perfect by every measure, that being a Secret Service agent was the most difficult and important occupation in the free world, that they have suffered more than any other individuals in the aftermath of the assassination, and that we should be thinking about their sacrifices every waking moment of our days, nearly fifty years later.
Don't get me wrong…I'm certain that being an agent on the presidential detail is a difficult and thankless task much of the time, but inserting such blatant appeals for personal exoneration and validation into an otherwise fascinating listen is inexcusable.
After several interesting and introspective chapters about Clint Hill, Blaine seizes the epilogue (Part 2/Chapter 14) to repeat his holier-than-thou rant against conspiracy theorists, beats the drum of his thoughts on current targets, threats, and motives, and then appears to go so far as to lecture the current administration, Secret Service leadership, and public about the best approaches, mindsets and policies under which to protect to protect the president, as well as other public figures (who are clearly NOT the president).
I also thought that the notion of a largely autobiographical work (yes, it is blatantly autobiographical) written from the third-person point of view to be really bizarre.
I would only recommend this audio book to people whom I know well (history buffs, perhaps), and only with the above caveats about the content and tone of chapters 11 and 14 (of Part 2).
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