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)
Absolutely. The author, who had a front row seat, at some historical moments told a story from his unique vantage point.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy - an extraordinary individual and classy woman.
Same as the book title.
Tremendous respect for the men and women who serve in the Secret Service to protect our leaders.
This book covers the facts, some widely known and many unknown, of Mrs Kennedy's time as First Lady. The author has described everything so clearly you will tested as to weather you got this information and perception of Mrs Kennedy through a book or a documentary. THIS IS ONE OF HE BOOKS YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.
I was born in 1968 long after the Kennedys left the White House. Of course, I knew of the historical events that took place but this audio book gave me a completely personal prospective and incredible appreciation for the people that lived through it. Now I understand what all the fuss was about Jackie Kennedy..
Very interesting audiobook, the last chapter is read by Mr Hill himself, his voice is beautiful and full of profound emotions he is still feeling after all these years, Mr Hill himself is now part of the history of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Marie (France)
This is a truly wonderful book. The story is well told an Jeremy Bobbs narration was excellent.
This peek into the personal life of an amazing First Lady leaves you wanting more. This must have been very difficult for Mr Hill simply knowing how the story ends. I am now searching the Internet of the photos mentioned. I want to place them in my mind as told in the story . Thank you Mr Hill for sharing the magic.
Mr Hill shares his story in a most respectful and engaging way. I've already make several recommendation to friends who also appreciate learning of the stories and details that make our history come to life. This book has changed me, and will be remembered as a book that shares of the humanity of Mrs. Kennedy, her family, and the agents who served them with all their hearts and souls.
I was only in 4th grade when JFK was assassinated. I remember so clearly how the nation mourned and how the world stood still. This account was very touching. I am glad the author did not get into any detail about the JFK infidelities although he must have known about them. I am sure that Caroline enjoyed this. I don't know why the author blamed himself for not getting to the motorcade sooner - the President insisted on the convertible to be visibly present to the people. He truly saved Jackie by pushing her down in the car during that horrific homicide.
What a great book, Mr. Clint Hill takes you on a journey of the past. so well done it's as your there with him. you can see how he struggles with the events in Dallas still and it overwhelms him. take a journey back into time and see how events unfold through Mr. Hills eyes
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