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Five Presidents Audiobook

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

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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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    Lynn Georgia 05-08-16
    Lynn Georgia 05-08-16 Member Since 2012

    Love thrillers -political, military, spy, legal, and medical.

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    "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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    Robert COLUMBIA, MO, United States 05-21-16
    Robert COLUMBIA, MO, United States 05-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "True American Hero"

    With the previous excellent books by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin detailing his experiences with JFK it is interesting to hear about his service with the other presidents, as well as a more in depth look at his life after the Secret Service. The only negative is George Newbern's sometimes bland reading and occasional mispronunciations, though that does not diminish the impact of this true American hero's story.

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    Jonathan 05-16-16
    Jonathan 05-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    I thought the book was quite interesting. It did not go as much into the personality of the presidents he protected as I wanted but it is a very interesting look at the day-to-day life of a Secret Service agent

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    Sharise Thompson 05-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing story"

    I loved this book! Well constructed. I learned so much about the personalities of these presidents as well as the events that defined them.

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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 05-17-16
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "A real drag of a book that should have been terrific"

    What an opportunity! Serving five of the most vivid Presidents in recent history. Watching them up close and personally.
    Clint Hill, loyal and ever mum about anything interesting or new, writes like a Danny do-good fifth grader. The book is narrated by a voice that sounds right out of a high school public speaking class.
    Hill's choice of travelogue adjectives on a 15 country tour with Ike is so cliche ridden I had stop the narration. You could go to sleep bored to tears by these squeaky clean, tell-nothing pair! What a shame. A chance of a lifetime drowned in cliches!

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    James Paris Michigan 09-02-16
    James Paris Michigan 09-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Very good book!"

    I liked the honesty that was expressed by the author in this book. It was a somewhat bittersweet trip through he 50's-mid 70's which was the era in which I grew up in.

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    kjordan10 08-27-16
    kjordan10 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    What an extraordinary life he lived. Thank you for sharing your story! I was hooked 5 minutes into the book.

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    Joshua Miller Lakewood, CO 08-27-16
    Joshua Miller Lakewood, CO 08-27-16

    ADHD had taken away my enjoyment of books as it worsened after onset in 4th grade. Now I can "read"again! Thanks to all of you at audible!

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    "The Authors Have Certainly Outdone Themselves"

    this was an awesome book. I met Mr Hill in Dallas in May of 2016 and he signed what was an extremely thick, compared to his two previous books with Lisa Mccubbin.

    the narration of of the book was fantastic. It did not seem overly brought upon. it was just right for the book.

    My favorite stories, we're those concerning President Lyndon Johnson. they were honest about the man, and colorful. deciding to travel to London suddenly when you are in the air and change everyone's plans is interesting. But the touching last meeting Mr. Hill has in the Executive Residence of the White House showed who the real Lyndon Johnson really was.

    This volume gives us a close picture of these men Mr. Hill watched over.

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    Amazon Customer Glendale, AZ, United States 08-14-16
    Amazon Customer Glendale, AZ, United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2014

    Director of Adelante Mujer (advance woman) a non-profit giving full scholarships to young women in Nicaragua studying to become medical doctors. 100% of all contributions go to pay scholarship, books and one meal a day. Ten students are presently studying at URACAAN university just outside Puerto Cabazes Nicaragua.

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    "Five Presidents"

    I have read many bipographies of President s..This is by far the best of all. I have a new respect for the secret service and the profound work of the presidency..

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    Cynthia 08-03-16
    Cynthia 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insight"
    Would you listen to Five Presidents again? Why?

    Yes, very insightful gave a perspective of the human side and not the position these men held.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Hill - his stories showed the human side of the people in the book and that have some of the same day to day frustrations that most of us do.


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

    LBJ, nailed it! was able to vocalize the personaility of LBJ to those who may not of been exposed to him prior to this reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Book had some facts little know by the public, it did make me laugh, made me angry in parts since I recall 4 of these 5 presidents. Lots of sad events for Mrs. Kennedy.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book, I will listen to the others written by Clint Hill. He is very professional in his telling of sensitive events and I appreciate not hearing about the "dirty Laundry" and hearing about these men and their wives in the everyday life.

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    "Behind the scenes of the guy who protected the most powerful men in the world"

    He's journey from a normal agent to the presidential detail is phenomenal and his rise through the ranks .
    Amazing insight into the Jfk assassination

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  • Eoin
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    "Fascinating glimpse behind the scenes"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It offers a unique perspective on the men behind the presidency, along with the development of the secret service.

    While, the book started a little slow, with the section on the tours of the Eisenhower administration feeling drawn out, from Kennedy on, the later sections were engrossing. You cant help but marvel at the huge number of historic moments Hill observed through his career.

    Lastly, the narration was excellent. I am very happy to recommend the book.

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