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Mrs. Kennedy and Me Audiobook

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

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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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    Jeanne 02-04-13
    Jeanne 02-04-13
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    "A different insight into a well-known story"
    If you could sum up Mrs. Kennedy and Me in three words, what would they be?

    A dedicated professional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clint Hill gives a first person account of his amazing years with the Kennedy family in the White house. I never really thought about the difficult and dedicated job of the Secret Service. The SS must leave their own family to travel for long periods of time, during holidays, etc. They had to protect the family at all times. Originally disappointed because he was "only" with Mrs. Kennedy and not the president, he came to respect and admire her. His emotional account of the days surrounding the Kennedy assassination is written from a perspective very few can give.


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

    The subtle change of the narrator's voice when he spoke as Mrs. Kennedy was enthralling. You knew each character by his inflections.


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

    He had to live with the rich and famous on $16 a day.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has read the many stories and theories around the Kennedy assignation will want to read this account from someone who had an personal relationship with the first-family.

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    007 08-27-17
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    I'm an avid reader of anything that is historical and biographical. I've read so many books about JFK and I wish I had chosen to read this book before. I cannot say enough good things about it. I love this book. I will likely listen to it a few more times. It's packed full of information and it gives an inside view point that no other book has ever given before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Macedo 07-25-17
    Lynn Macedo 07-25-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful story"

    what a great book and insight to the Kennedy life and the white house life. well written and kept you engaged the entire time.

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    Miren E. V. 05-15-17
    Miren E. V. 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice story"

    The book was nicely to listen to.
    It's very detailed but nothing bad its said. I could say it's for the listen of the whole family.
    No criticism about the Kenedys, only an aseptic description of trips and events in the life of Jacky Kennedy from the election of her husband as president to his death.

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    Kindle Customer 04-29-17
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    "Excellent Book"

    I always enjoyed reading about the Kennedy family. This one was funny at times but of course very sad at the end. But very interesting to see how he thought he would hate the job and how he came to care and respect Mrs. Kennedy.

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    justin schweig 02-14-17
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    "Fantastic"

    A very personal autobiography, with fantastic narrating and an amazing narrative. Mr. Hill portrays Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy very admirably.

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    Cookie, Sebring, FL 09-28-16
    Cookie, Sebring, FL 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it three times, still bought it on Audible."

    I have been studying the Kennedys for years, and this is still one of my favorites. I only wish Clint had read the whole book for us. But having him begin and end it is enough.

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    mjb Spitzer 09-12-16
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    "A must read!"

    A part of history that everyone should hear and remember. Don't miss reading this treasure.

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    Donna May 09-05-16
    Donna May 09-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful!"

    I really enjoyed this beautiful story immensely. Mr. Hill and his memories are tragic yet vital pieces of history. Excellent work!

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    David Warner 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A very moving book"

    This is a beautiful book, full of joy and sorrow. Mr Hill delivers a work of true eloquence through his first hand account of events, some well known and others known to but a few. I loved this book!

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  • Kayleigh Harper
    9/14/16
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    "Excellent!"

    I purchased this book as an audio download, listening to and from work and whilst cooking. A truly moving and emotional account from a remarkable man. I laughed and cried throughout Mr Hill's recollection of his time in the Secret Service, assigned to Mrs Kennedy. I have admired Mrs Kennedy for some time and this window into her life as told by Mr Hill has left me even more intrigued. The narrator made me feel like it was a young Mr Hill telling his story to me and the forward and epilogue narrated by Mr Hill himself was so lovely, even if the epilogue had me in tears.

    You will not regret this purchase of a story of a time gone by. The story of a true gentleman and his time protecting a real lady, in every sense of the word.

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  • josh
    8/27/16
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    "amazing"
    Would you listen to Mrs. Kennedy and Me again? Why?

    yes , the story is amazing 1 man with the wife of the president and hes story is so unique ..in present day first lady's get teams of agents for there protection and wouldn't ever get so close to a agent like mrs kennedy did


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  • darren
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    7/12/15
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    "Dull"
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    I only manages to get about half way through this audio book as I found it sadly lacking in sparkle.

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