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)
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
Most: The first hand account of the events leading up to the assassination and the description of the day itself, and hearing all of the places she traveled to while first lady. Least: Hill's incessant comments on how he's "scanning the crowd for suspicious activity" (AKA doing his job--duh) and "doesn't make enough money" and "didn't want to take this assignment" and "can tell what she's thinking." His commentary is dull.
no--he put me to sleep, was hard to get through.
I wanted to know more about Mrs. Kennedy and less about Hill's job detail. As a secret service agent, clearly your job is to scan the crowd and look for suspicious activity, but for some reason, he needs to point this out twice per chapter. It comes off as a bit narcissistic and is quite annoying. It's also not the best written book I've ever read.
This book gives a good prospective of that time of our history.
The Subject, Mrs. Kennedy.
Clint Hill did an awesome job of describing his relationship with the first lady, the president and their children. It was good to hear that he felt that their life and their relationship was as ideal as most of us thought it was. His agony was obvious as he spoke of that fateful day when the president was shot. I was 12 at the time of Kennedy's death and it was weird and sad to think about what a different, more innocent world we lived in then. Mr Hill did an awesome job of describing those times and showing what a delightful lady Jacci was. Clint is from my home state so that made this book doubly interesting. I would definitely recommend this.
What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I was captivated early on and by the end, I was crying. Wonderful book.
Yes it was teresting and insightful and offered a new perspective
I found myself driving with my hand over my mouth as I heard the first hand accout of the president's assassination.
His inflection and delivery actually took me to the scene as if a first hand account
I gasped at the personal details of the assassination
Loved the story. An eye witness account is always valuable and it didn't fail here I would listen again
Hearing about Mrs. Kennedy in her family setting was so interesting. Made her seem more real than the beautiful pictures.
I've recommended this book to others
Personal information about the interaction with kids and Secret Service Agents, especially the day of the President's Funeral about the salute.
Detailed view of Kennedy Family
My life with JFK's Family
I recommend Mrs. Kennedy & Me to anyone wanting to see the other side of politics. As a Baby Boomer growing up in the 50s-60s....I relived my experiences through the eyes and ears of Clint Hill. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It was also very hard to put down. The narrator was PERFECT. I have had the distinct honor of meeting Clint Hill....what a wonderful down to earth person. Mr. Hill had quite an insight into the lives of the rich and powerful but it did not tarnish him. You can hear and feel his pain as well as the joy in his writing. Thank you Mr. Hill for letting everyone share your experiences with you.
Clint Hill is my favorite character due to his honesty and vulnerability.
Besides the section on Dallas and the funeral (I cried through these chapters), I would say I loved the trip to Greece after Patrick died. Mrs. Kennedy seemed to so enjoy the trip and was able to really relax and this was all due to the efforts of Mr. Hill.
The First Lady and the Agent.
Narrator Jeremy Bobb was excellent in his presentation of this wonderful book. Thank you for publishing it.
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