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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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    Janice 08-02-12
    Janice 08-02-12
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    "EXCELLENT ALL THE WAY AROUND!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Hill is my favorite character due to his honesty and vulnerability.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The First Lady and the Agent.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator Jeremy Bobb was excellent in his presentation of this wonderful book. Thank you for publishing it.

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    GINA ORANGE, CA, United States 07-17-12
    GINA ORANGE, CA, United States 07-17-12
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    "CLASSY LADY! CLASSIER MAN!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! A lovely read! I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot more about the time during the Kennedy office.


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

    I LOVE (& ride horses) so I was VERY thrilled to know how MUCH she rode....I knew she did, but not that much!


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    Clint Hill


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I initially selected the book because I was HOPING to learn about the inside scoop of JFK and how his extra 'activities' during his marriage affected Jackie O, but MUCH to my surprise, Clint Hill NEVER mentioned one speck of it!! At first I was super disappointed! But, then I quickly realized how wonderful Mr. Hill was and that THAT was NOT his reason for this book and HE WOULD NEVER GO THERE! And I am SURE he knew ALL ABOUT THEM! I appreciated that.

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    Lyn KERRVILLE, TX, United States 06-22-12
    Lyn KERRVILLE, TX, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Lived it now heard it"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Kennedy and Me again? Why?

    yes


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

    any biography


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Camp David


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I lived this and am glad I got the fact from someone who lived it, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 06-12-12
    Catherine 06-12-12

    Living in Granbury, TX. Semi-retired. Love to read but it's hard to find the time to sit down!

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    "This book is full of memories - sublime narration!"

    I have a deep respect for Mrs. Kennedy and her love for her privacy and her husband. History and the press was never kind to the President but after hearing Jeremy Bobb delicately and passionately read this story by Clint Hill, I finished the book remembering not only the (it never goes away) pain of the assasination; but feeling the genuine love that Mrs. Kennedy & the President had for one another. The epilogue by Clint Hill was so touching and heartfelt - I will cherish this book and I will read it again. Thank you, Mr. Hill.

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    Carole United States 05-29-12
    Carole United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Jackie book!"
    Where does Mrs. Kennedy and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Agent Hill did not do a sleezy book. He covered the time that he was on Mrs. K's watch. The segment on the assassination is about as moving as they come. Extremely touching.


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

    No. But a very good performance on this audio.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Agent Hill and Camelot


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Admittedly, I'm a Jackie fan and have read many books on her. This is in a differnt light and perspective. It's one of those books that you can't put down.

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    Floyd Warrensburg, MS, USA 05-26-12
    Floyd Warrensburg, MS, USA 05-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating inside look"

    I would have given this 5 stars in the "overall" category because I liked everything about this book. It's inside look at how the White House occupants interact with the Secret Service and, of course, and the point of view of someone who was so intimately present at the Kennedy assassination. The one thing that bothered me is the reproduction of conversations that come across as verbatim and have to have be the author's remembrances of what was said many years ago. The conversations give an undeniable immediacy to the story but make me a little nervous about the accuracy of the quotations.

    Beyond that, it was a wonderful listen and unique view of a significant historical event.

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    land1176 United States 05-24-12
    land1176 United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful view of history from a different perspective.


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

    You already know the outcome - President is assassinated. Jackie remarries, lives great life, dies of cancer. Be prepared for the emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-12
    D Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-12
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    "The other side"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was really interesting to go behind the scenes in the White House - especially since Jackie spent so little time there. That explains a lot. Clint Hill's account of the dreadful day in Dallas is vivid and his own role is powerful, but you are left wondering about what happened to his own personal life as his responsibility to his family as subsumed by his "duty" to the First Family.


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    Sally 05-21-12
    Sally 05-21-12
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    "Thank you, Mr. Hill"

    I was in the 9th grade when JFK was assassinated and watched every second of tv coverage. Still the Jackie we saw was one-dimensional. Thanks to this book I now have a much greater appreciation of this amazing woman. Talented, smart, funny, and strong. Thanks Mr. Hill for giving me a greater appreciation of who she was.

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    Sally Davis 05-21-12
    Sally Davis 05-21-12

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    "Thank you, Mr. Hill"

    I was in the 9th grade when JFK was assassinated and watched every second of tv coverage. Still the Jackie we saw was one-dimensional. Thanks to this book I now have a much greater appreciation of this amazing woman. Talented, smart, funny, and strong. Thanks Mr. Hill for giving me a greater appreciation of who she was.

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