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 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy....
Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the lone secret service agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot, clinging to its sides as it sped toward the hospital....
Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation....
In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard....
In 1964 Kathy McKeon was just 19 years old and newly arrived from Ireland when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy....
Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before....
For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements....
Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD)....
In Grace and Power, New York Times best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight....
At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK, Jr.'s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis....
The Kennedy Wives takes an unflinching look at the women who married into the Kennedy family and their distinct roles....
David Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath....
Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of great ambition and enormous greed, both of which, in 1963, would threaten to destroy him....
Secret Service agents, acting as human surveillance cameras, observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president's inner circle....
In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office....
The untold story of how one woman’s life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma....
In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson....
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America's first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst....
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.
What a fascinating look back into the 60s and the story of one of the more secretive branches of security in the US! A heartbreaking account of history from a different perspective than ever heard before. Don't let the narration/narrator keep you from enjoying this book. It is excellent and well worth it!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
This was an interesting story. I have lived through it all and remember the day like it was yesterday. It was nice to hear an insider view point. The narration could have been better. The author repeated several points over and over but at least he got the information across. The information on Jackie Kennedy was interesting and confirmed other stories about her. Like any book it has it good and bad part but it is well worth a listen. It was about time the secret service agents provided their view point of that horrible day in Dallas.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
This was an amazing book. I am glad this book was written before time steals away all the Kennedy detail agents. After reading the book I downloaded off the internet the Clint Hill / Mike Wallace interviews and nearly cried watching them myself. I first got interested in Kennedy when "JFK" the movie (Costner) came out when I was in high school. My parents where disgusted by the movie and concerned that this history/fiction movie would taint the events and grief and lose objectivity of John Kennedy's death. I must say that until I read this book, I was a strong believer that there must have been some sort of conspiracy. After this book, I don't believe in a conspiracy, just amazed and fascinated on how this event really changed the whole world in ways we will probably never know. Thanks to Jerry Blaine and Clint Hill for writing this book and sharing their personal experiences. Thank god we have people like them still in this world. Clint if you ever read this, your a great man, never doubt that, you inspire me.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about The Kennedy Detail? What did you like least?
The assumption of the authors is that if you don't accept the Warren commission report as the final truth on the assassination, then you necessarily hold the Secret Service responsible. This is not the only possible position. The author initially referred to Oswald as the man suspected of doing it. Later in the book, the wording changed as if he had been convicted.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Eliminate some of the repetition of the daily duties of the guys and facts which had already been explained a few pages ago.
What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?
He mispronounced Caroline Kennedy's name almost every time he said it. He pronounced it "Carolyn" instead.
Could you see The Kennedy Detail being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No, definitely not
Any additional comments?
It could have been a lot shorter.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have problems with the narrator. Alan Sklar's voice is as deep and rich as melted dark chocolate sauce, but I can't forgive him for calling Caroline (Kennedy) "Carolyn". I'm sorry, but obvious mistakes distract and annoy me til I lose the story in anticipation of the next blooper. If it's worth telling, writing about, and getting recorded, then it's worth BEING READ CORRECTLY. And mispronouncing the first name of one of the leading characters takes away from the whole story for me.
Sklar needs to listen to some more Kennedy speeches before he attempts the accent again.
Towards the end of the book there's enough emotion for any three Dickens novels. When tough guys get sentimental they can be downright maudlin, so no need for any exaggeration on the part of the narrator.
That being said (or should I say "bemoaned"?), I have to add that this is a highly detailed and believable story of some of America's finest men in impossible situations where they're expected to jog in dress shoes and perform at 110% while being deprived of sleep, food, and family. And then they live in silent torment for not being perfect under impossible conditions.
It's a wonder good people still serve in the Secret Service, because according to another book about the Service, conditions haven't improved overmuch,
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
This book took me back to that day in history. Like others, I can remember those days clearly and exactly what I was doing. I listened and the tears flowed. It was so interesting to hear the Secret Service side at long last. There were so many stories and rumors. I was glued to the story from start to finish.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Nothing like real world events emotions and loyalties to take you away.
Great book with a glimpse back to what the world was like when integrity ruled if not in politics, around politicians.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I quickly downloaded the book with anticipation of a full glimpse inside the Secret Service as it was construed at that time. As I listened to the initial paragraphs stating the sourcing as coming completely from ex-agents on the detail, the smell of whitewash was rising in my nostrils and that feeling we all get upon fearing we have wasted a valuable credit began to grow. As they say, trust your instincts. I didn't and spent 17 hours becoming increasingly irritated with this book.
Part 1 - this can be fully summarized by: The agents worked very long hours and were all near perfect human beings. The Kennedys were all awesome people and the President was a wonderful loving husband. Gloss, gloss and more gloss. When the initial discussion of the Dallas trip is introduced, the real purpose of the book becomes clear - the Secret Service was not at fault. The discussion of the tall buildings at the site of the assassination is basically dealt with as "Gee, there are sure a lot of windows up there" and that after discussing all those office windows with the Dallas police that "they would handle it". Worse, he slyly pawns off responsibility on JFK with his discussion about how it was what he demanded (riding in the open and barring the agents from the back of the limo).
Later in Part 2, he gets a not too disguised shot in at the FBI for not sharing information about Oswald. Incredibly, considering the hotbed of anti-Kennedy sentiment in Dallas, he says there were no known threats brought to the attention of the Secret Service. Nowhere does he relay any serious analysis of the office building threat nor any attempt by the Secret Service management to inform and persuade the Kennedy Administration about the threat or imminent danger of the motorcade.
JFK did great things but was flawed. There is no need to buff him up. The Secret Service was underpowered but failed to do many things to prevent the assassination despite this play for sympathy and exoneration
15 of 19 people found this review helpful
Look, The Kennedy Detail isn't going to add anything to the literature dwelling on November 22, 1963. In fact calling it literature would be silly. If Blaine alone had written it I could have accepted the cliche ridden paragraphs - of which - jeesh, can't count that high! With a ghost? Boo!
Nevertheless, for me it was a cathartic narrative at the points where he discusses the White House in the aftermath of the assassination.
I was there with my family (I was13 years old) on the White House grounds Sunday November 24. Almost 50 years later I've been feeling that my memories have needed a chronological reset concerning those 4 days. This book has provided that for me. It allowed me to better understand my timeline for that weekend.
The agents were cut from cardboard here and were according to Blaine - all solid, good people, etc. (my father knew many of these agents through his job at White House and never had a bad word to say about any), but Blaine could have made at least Clint Hill more than a cut-out. He tried - to no avail.
IT IS NOT a well written tale and the narrator really is - let's be civil - not good at all. The price was also too high. $12.95 - mebee. At $19.95 - no. Don't buy this unless, like me you want to run a specific timeline and can waste $20, or you HAVE to have everything written about the Kennedy Assassination!
2 stars and a [Jethro Gibbs] whap upside the head.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
While I am too young to remember the assassination, I was always interested in the many theories that surrounded that day. (Who hasn't heard about the "the grassy knoll"?) While I am amazed it has taken almost 50 years to hear the side of the Secret Service, I am thankful for the book. I also took a look at Clint Hill's interview with Mike Wallace, and after seeing his grief, I don't know how anyone could believe in a vast conspiracy. And by the way, I liked the narration!
8 of 10 people found this review helpful