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them, never-before-published letters written by Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the bizarre unpublished story about a film Jackie made in September 1963 with the on-duty Secret Service agents about an assassination of the president, and the original November 18,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
"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)
Interesting if a somewhat repetitive telling of the Kennedy secret service detail. Where it goes off the rails is the last portions of the book, starting with the debunking of conspiracy theories concerning the assignation, of which the book dismisses everything not in the Warren Commission report. It also turns Mr. Hill into a saint of some kind. The most interesting part is the effect that the assassination had on the individual agents closest to President Kennedy. Overall, an interesting story but the cheerleading in the final portions of the book was unnecessary.
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.
Use of a professional narrator.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
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.
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.
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.
The book has a lot of unneeded details that really don't add anything to the story. The narrator brought me back to my college economics professor where it was dry and monotone. I'm a huge fan of Kennedy but I struggled to get through this and often
forwarded ahead hoping it would get better..
It was an interesting account of how the Secret Service viewed their role. I have a hard time reading a story in which the author believes that the SS never made a mistake. In his opinion they did everything right, yet the President still died.
The most annoying part of listening to the tape was that the reader continuously mis-pronounce JFK's daughters name. How in Gods name did that get through the editing process. Low quality.
Can't stop listening to this over the past two years....much of the book is about normal, everyday life in the Kennedy White House, which is detailed, interesting and heartwarming. I can listen to this happily as I doze off to sleep. The section leading up to and about the assassination and the aftermath is gripping, heart-breaking, and can't be listened to at bedtime. Just today was listening to the Parkland Hospital park and was in tears...once again. Great book, good performance.
What a lovely compilation of many great accounts. The only thing I didn't like as well was the narrator. Some of his annunciation was a little sharp to the ear, but overall was just fine. And the book, regardless was a must read!
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