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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir | [Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin]

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kennedy 04-20-15
    Kennedy 04-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"

    History told by someone who was actually there! Hearing it 1st hand by a reputable individual. I would love to meet Mr. Hill

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    Darla Elenbaas 04-16-15
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    "Beautiful story"

    Already was an admirer of Jackie, but Mr. Hill made me love her even more in such a personal way. And the narrator sounded exactly like a tough SS agent. Great job.

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    Lisa L. Smith 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Tender insight into a tragic time"

    Well done. Obvious how much they cared for each other. Tragic how he still grieves. Different perspective on those years and that day.

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    Emily James South Bend, Indiana 01-25-15
    Emily James South Bend, Indiana 01-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Beautiful!"

    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!

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    Alfred 01-02-15
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    Great writing and even better narrating. Highly recommended. I'm definitely going to read it again.

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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-14-14
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    Their relationship and what drove her to do certain things when President Kennedy was shot in the head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    How she handled her children and her husband


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    Mrs. Kennedy was a wonderful person and I am glad to have found this book to read. Clint Hill is a remarkable man.

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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 09-27-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Fantastic writing and narrating"
    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    authentic, professionally dictated, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    when the writer himself speaks


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but will dig for him in the future


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    kathy 02-07-14
    kathy 02-07-14
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    "I couldn't have said it better myself . . ."
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sharon Woolwich, ME, United States 11-25-13
    Sharon Woolwich, ME, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    Where does Mrs. Kennedy and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    8


    What other book might you compare Mrs. Kennedy and Me to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy listening to his voice. He is a good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Norm Williams Stouffville Ont 05-04-13
    Norm Williams Stouffville Ont 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Every one should read this"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Kennedy and Me again? Why?

    IT IS MORE facts at first hand Well narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was true illuminating as the working of vip protrction and the commitment of the those providing protection.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    It is a true picture Mrs Kennedy and what Her life demanded

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