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The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence | [Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin]

The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.
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Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years, former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

Hill was just eight feet from President Kennedy when bullets pierced the president's head right before his eyes. Covered with blood, Agent Hill pushed Jackie Kennedy into the back seat. Clinging to the trunk of the open-top limousine as it sped away from Dealey Plaza to Parkland Hospital, he slammed his fist in anger, as he looked back to the agents in the follow-up car. His eyes, filled with despair, told them what they already knew.

Including contributions from over 40 agents who were on the Kennedy detail from November 1960 to November 1963 and those who knew them, never-before-published letters written by Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the bizarre unpublished story about a film Jackie made in September 1963 with the on-duty Secret Service agents about an assassination of the president, and the original November 18, 1963, Tampa security report from the author's personal files, which conspiracy theorists have long claimed was destroyed by the Secret Service, The Kennedy Detail provides an unfiltered look at the events surrounding this pivotal moment in American history.

©2010 Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"An important contribution to Kennedy assassination literature because it presents in riveting detail the assassination from the agents' perspective and describes the lifelong emotional burden the agents endured when their best efforts were not enough." (Library Journal)

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    Michael 11-17-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Worst Narration ever! Not only does Sklar make JFK an Irish immigrant with his horrible New England Accent, he mispronounces Caroline's name throughout the book. This is unforgivable for a "Professional"narrator and I don't understand how it got by so many people involved in producing this book. I totally agree with an earlier reviewer that this error takes you out of the book.

    The story is well told and paced and I really enjoyed the insight into life as a Secret Service Agent. I have a greater respect for what these guys do and what they sacrifice to protect the President.

    I highly recommend reading this book in print not listening to this horrible narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use of a professional narrator.


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    Scheherezade from Provo Utah 03-15-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A new slant on the Kennedy Assassination"

    This book puts a new slant on the Kennedy Assassination, which has been approached from almost every conceivable angle. It was enlightening to read about this most horrendous of atrocities from the point of view of those who were sent to Dallas to protect the man who was killed. I feel sorry for the burden they have born all these years. With that said, though, I have never read a really satisfying account of the assassination, this book included. There are still just too many troubling details that are left unexplained. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I have to say that I do believe there was more to this killing than we yet know. Something just doesn't fit right with what we have been told. I hope someday we can really find out the truth.

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    Ben unadilla, NY, United States 02-14-11
    Ben unadilla, NY, United States 02-14-11
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    "Can't get a more personal perspective than this."

    This book, along with Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi erases away any doubt in my mind, and should do the same for any rational member of the general public, that a shining star was snuffed out by a simple lone nut. To believe anything else is to plead ignorance, in some cases, insanity.

    This book is a lot of minute by minute as events unfold. It gives insight to processes and reasons for them leading up to Nov. 22, 1963. It may become difficult to keep track of all the anagrams for people's positions but, it doesn't detract from following the series of events.

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    John 01-17-11
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    "Interesting...a tad repetitive"

    Like many, I've read tons of literature on the assassination, Kennedys, etc. so it was interesting to hear the secret service side of things. I thought the book got a tad repetitive the last few chapters. Agents under stress, felt like failures, hard time adjusting. I got it the first 3 or 4 times.

    Still, enjoyable.

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    "One of the Best!"

    This is by far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish! Highly recommended.

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    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 01-20-11
    Karen sparta, NJ, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    Good history with the ring of truth - a little slow in the beginning - but part II moved along and kept me listening...

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    Douglas Mobile, AL, United States 12-29-10
    Douglas Mobile, AL, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Compleetly Awesome"

    This was one of the best books I've read this year. The details and back story on the agents make the narration of the assassination come to life in such a way that you are emotionally tied to the event. I cried like I was living it, and this took place 20 years before I was born. The book was so blunt in its description of love and disdain for different characters by different agents that I cant imagine it being anything but the god honest truth.

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    Karen 04-17-15
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    "Glad I Listened"

    The subject is intriguing because I was a young teenager when the event took place. I was old enough to remember perceptions and reactions of others. The book, however, is not the work of a skilled, artistic writer. It is a series of facts presented and repeated and repeated and repeated. It is adequately wordsmithed, but I suspect it was more of a therapeutic release for the author than an obsession to accurately document history. That would be understandable. After what those agents endured they have my respect as well as my compassion. The conspiracy theorist seem like paranoid nitpickers. The narrator mispronounces Caroline's name throughout. Guess he never heard the Neil Diamond song. Still, I'm glad I listened.

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    Jacquelyn Harvest, Albania 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional Book"

    Totally enjoyed this book. Good to finally have the real truth come out. I don't remember it as I was too young. Plus, I'm feeling guilty as I'd never thought much about the Secret Service. God Bless them all.

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    Kate Dee North Carolina 02-14-15
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    "Excellent account of that horrible day in November"
    Where does The Kennedy Detail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rate this audio book very highly. The narration was excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kennedy Detail?

    I can't name a most memorable moment; I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken, with a voice that was never tiring. I felt he showed the proper amount of emotion, without becoming theatrical, nor droning. He took on the persona of the character with ease, and created a picture in my mind. And his timing, never too fast nor too slow, was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read countless books about the Kennedy's ... their lives, and the president's assassination. This book gave me a different perspective, along with some details I hadn't known before.

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