An intimate and fascinating memoir by Clint Hill, who spent four years as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Secret Service agent.
Even today, decades after JFK’s presidency and Jackie’s death, the public continues to be fascinated with the former First Lady. Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the agent who jumped onto the car after President Kennedy was shot and clung to the sides of the car as it sped toward the hospital. Now, in Mrs. Kennedy and Me, he recounts those painful memories along with his fonder recollections of the First Lady’s strength, class, dignity, and beauty during the time he was assigned as her personal agent.
Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy’s side for some of the happiest moments in her life as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Hill was there for Jackie’s first meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and Andre Malraux; Jackie’s trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port; and the dark days following the assassination. They addressed each other as “Mrs. Kennedy” and “Mr. Hill,” even though they were often closer to each other than they were to their respective spouses—yet their relationship remained professional. An astonishing and intimate portrait, told for the first time, Mrs. Kennedy and Me is a remarkable and true story of heroism, heartbreak and humanity.
About the Author
Clint Hill is a former United States Secret Service agent who was in the presidential motorcade during the John F. Kennedy assassination. Hill remained assigned to Mrs. Kennedy and the children until after the 1964 presidential election. He then was assigned to President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. In 1967, when Johnson was still in office, he became the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of Presidential protection. When Richard Nixon came into office, he moved over to SAIC of protection of Vice President Spiro Agnew. Finally, Hill was assigned to headquarters as the Assistant Director of the Secret Service for all protection. He retired in 1975.
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i loved this book,could,nt put it down
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A very important read, worthy of the 30 year wait for it to be written. This story could have been written and sold many years ago, making the author a wealthy man at the time the events occured. He chose instead, not to, as he blamed himself in part for not preventing the death of the President. Many years later he seems to have accepted his part in history. This book offers so much insight into the the duties of his role, the true character of Mrs Kennedy, and her relationship with her husband, one of the most respected Presidents of the United States. Do not borrow this book. It is such an important, good read, it will become the book you will read time and time again. Buy it.
"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 "starred review
"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish." --Liz Smith
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.522