He called her Mrs. Kennedy. SHE called him Mr. Hill.
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.
©2012 Lisa McCubbin, Clint Hill (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, but also a time when the White House was filled with youth and promise. Of the many words written about Jacqueline Kennedy, these are among the best." (Kirkus)
I adored this book!!!! Adored. I especially loved Mr Hill reading at the beginning and end. The narrator is fantastic. I couldn't stop listening. How endearing!
Their relationship and what drove her to do certain things when President Kennedy was shot in the head.
How she handled her children and her husband
Mrs. Kennedy was a wonderful person and I am glad to have found this book to read. Clint Hill is a remarkable man.
Why ever would I do that?
authentic, professionally dictated, fascinating
when the writer himself speaks
no, but will dig for him in the future
No. By some of the reviews I was expecting to feel some emotions, but I was usually distracted by Clint Hill (could've also been known as Barney Fife)...inflated ego.
Please read the reviews entitled "Kennedy Bodyguard~NARCISSISTIC~? by Molly "Wazoo Books" April 6, 2012 and "Just Okay" by Alexandra on January 22, 2013. Like I said, I couldn't have said it better myself. The only thing I'll add is that Clint Hill made me cringe at times. I bet if Jackie knew how he looked at her and what he was really thinking most of the time, she would've been a little creeped out.
I like listening to history stories, but I still have such a fascination with the Kennedys. It was one of the better stories in the history genre.
I enjoy listening to his voice. He is a good narrator.
I am so glad Clint Hill spoke out about his time with the Kennedys. Those of us who were alive during that time, (at least me) were fascinated with them. This book took me right back to that time. I think Mrs. Kennedy was truly a great woman! She is sadly missed.
IT IS MORE facts at first hand Well narrated
It was true illuminating as the working of vip protrction and the commitment of the those providing protection.
It is a true picture Mrs Kennedy and what Her life demanded
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I've always found Jacklyn Kennedy Onasis very fascinating but never had any idea of the trials and tribulations she faced during her life.
No, I thoroughly enjoyed his reading.
When President Kennedy was shot and killed, I actually cried because I was so caught up in the book. Even listening to the funeral arrangements, I couldn't imagine what his family and the nation went through on that tragic day.
I learned a lot about President Kennedy and Jacklyn Kennedy by listening to this book and have a new found appreciation for the former first family. I also have a new found respect for the men and women of the secret service who put their personal lives on hold to protect the leaders of our great nation.
It touches a subject not many know about
The humorous stories about the family
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