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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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    Doris 05-26-16
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    "Cringe-worthy"

    The book gave me what I wanted - a closer look at Mrs. Kennedy's personality. And the author is clearly a little (maybe more than a little) in love with her. But for me, the surprising takeaway is just how immature and inconsiderate she was, and how insensitive and casually cruel the Born Rich can be towards people whose lives are dedicated to their service. I've been reading Kennedy biographies, and the more I read, the less I respect the Kennedy First Couple.

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    Damann 05-09-16
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    "Neat story, great insight to another world."

    Nice look into history and the life of our leaders. Lots of privilege when you've got money and power.

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    Donna R Farrell Battle Creek, Michigan United States 03-26-16
    Donna R Farrell Battle Creek, Michigan United States 03-26-16 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy listening to Audible books on my way to work as a psychiatric nurse! I am a fan of non-fiction; political and artist from film/stage

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    "A refreshing perspective of the Kennedy White Hous"

    I enjoyed this book tremendously! it gives a wonderful and respectful portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy

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    Joy 03-02-16
    Joy 03-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "from the heart"

    great visualizations. felt the pain. where are you now? I know your memories are strong.

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    Mina 02-27-16
    Mina 02-27-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Finally finished"

    Kennedy book review.

    I have never been so glad to hear that the president was shot because that meant it was almost the end of this book. While the story was very good, the detail and repetition was overwhelming. Hill either kept copious notes, had an excellent memory or made up the details, but it was too much. And he beats it into the reader that Jackie wanted her privacy, that she enjoyed challenging the secret service, that he stepped up to the task every time, that John was a rambunctious boy, that Clint understood every movement and eye flicker that Jackie made. Ugh. It is obvious that he was in love with her. I enjoyed the basics of the story but am so glad this audio book is over.

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    Ed 02-02-16
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    "Poignant and Moving!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The author, who had a front row seat, at some historical moments told a story from his unique vantage point.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy - an extraordinary individual and classy woman.


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

    Same as the book title.


    Any additional comments?

    Tremendous respect for the men and women who serve in the Secret Service to protect our leaders.

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    P. Miller 12-30-15
    P. Miller 12-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank you."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 12-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely mesmerizing. A wonderful story."

    A fascinating first hand, intimate, and riviting story only Mr. Hill could tell. Enjoyed every moment.

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    "A fly on the wall throughout the Kennedy years"

    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..

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    Marie 11-02-15
    Marie 11-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very moving audiobook"

    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)

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