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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Clint Hill , Lisa McCubbin
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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Clint Hill that Kirkus Reviews called “clear and honest prose free from salaciousness and gossip,” Jackie Kennedy’s personal Secret Service agent details his very close relationship with the First Lady during the four years leading up to and following President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.

In those four years, Hill was by Mrs. Kennedy’s side for some of the happiest moments as well as the darkest. He was there for the birth of John, Jr. on November 25, 1960, as well as for the birth and sudden death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on August 8, 1963. Three and a half months later, the unthinkable happened.

Forty-seven years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the one vivid image that never leaves Clint Hill’s mind is that of President Kennedy’s head lying on Mrs. Kennedy’s lap in the back seat of the limousine, his eyes fixed, blood splattered all over the back of the car, Mrs. Kennedy, and Hill as well. Sprawled on the trunk of the car as it sped away from Dealey Plaza, Hill clung to the sides of the car, his feet wedged in so his body was as high as possible.

Clint Hill jumped on the car too late to save the president, but all he knew after that first shot was that if more shots were coming, the bullets had to hit him instead of the First Lady.

Mrs. Kennedy’s strength, class, and dignity over those tragic four days in November 1963 held the country together.

This is the story, told for the first time, of the man who perhaps held her together.


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"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

"[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know." --USA Today (3 1/2 stars)


"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish." --Liz Smith

Review

"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

"[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know." --USA Today (3 1/2 stars)



"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish." --Liz Smith


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565 of 577 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on presidential protection April 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I just finished reading Agent Clint Hill's book, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. As an ex-secret service agent and the first African American Agent to serve on the White House Detail under President Kennedy, I want to congratulate Agent Hill on a very well written and interesting memoir. I served on the detail with Agent Hill in 1961. When the terrible incident happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and the reports circulated that one agent had responded by trying to shield the occupants riding in the presidential limousine, I knew immediately that that agent was Clint Hill. The reader should know that, in my opinion, this book is the memoir of one of the most diligent, responsible, trustworthy, dutiful agents ever to serve on the White House Detail. This book is a must read for anyone endeavoring to obtain an insightful agent's view and understanding of the tragic occurrences of November 22, 1963.

Abraham W. Bolden, Sr.
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155 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiled - A Secret Service Agent's Love Story April 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To my surprise this book is a love story. Not a salacious inappropriate smut filled account, but rather one with stories of growth, fun times, laughter, dedication, respect! A story of sorrow and sadness that is uplifting because of caring and friendship. This book is a warm modern portrait the Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and their children from someone who was close to them with no axe to grind. Even the sad events are presented with compassion. There's a lot of love in this book.

Secret Service Agent Clint Hill begins his association in late 1960 with the Kennedy administration in a fearful place. Fearful that after a couple of years of what he believed was success on President Eisenhower's detail, he's suddenly removed from the "main action" of protecting the president. Is this a demotion he bemoans? Like any macho Secret Service dude seeking to advance, Mr. Hill naturally dreads moving to the First Ladies detail with its potential daily doses of "fashion shows and the ballet." Yet, both loving his job and having a young family to support, Mr. Hill accepts his fate and reports to 3307 N Street, Georgetown, to meet (be approved by??!!) the young First Lady-elect (she's already rejected one perspective agent!!).

Disappoint quickly turns to beguilement, as Clint Hill is thoroughly charmed and enchanted by this beautiful, fun, witty, intelligent, adventurous, sporty, irreverent and yeah, a bit of a spoiled rich girl (who knows how to get her way). Heck, he even learns to not mind the occasional fashion show (so long as it features the First Lady!), ballet in New York and even personally shopping for ladies apparel in Ravello, Itally!!!! Who woulda thunk it.

No, I've not overdone it on the adjectives and yeah, this isn't your typical "Kennedy" bio. Mr.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time April 7, 2012
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I was thirteen the year that President Kennedy died. I sobbed as I walked home from school that day. I sobbed as I read this book and there were moments that I felt like I was reliving all of this with Agent Hill. The killing, the motorcade, the funeral ,the warren commission, all of it.

The compassion these men feel for the "First Family" is obvious, the sacrifices they make are phenomenal. Thank you would never be enough to repay them for their service to our country .

This book is indescribable and a must read. There are no words to describe the emotions I felt reading it nor the insight to the personal life of Mrs. Kennedy.

Thank you Agent Hill for sharing your heartfelt memories.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! April 13, 2012
By Sue
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a charming book that made me smile and made me weep as well. It was a beautiful book and the only BAD thing about it was that it ended!! I do hope Caroline reads this book. It is delightful. These two had a special friendship and relationship and "Mr. Hill" presents it in a very interesting manner. No one was like her and no one will ever be like her. No one looked like her, talked like her, no one even wrote like her...she was destined for her greatness. I could not put the book down but I rationed my reading time because I wanted it to last and last. Thank you Mr. Hill, for finally sharing a historic chapter of your life with all of us who are old enough to remember when...life was beautiful, people had manners and CLASS! Another era of Americana...gone with the wind.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Hill and Mrs. Kennedy April 5, 2012
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I was five years old when President Kennedy was shot, so I never really understood the awe people had towards Jackie Kennedy. Now, I know. Reading "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" has taught me to respect this lovely woman. I cannot put the book down. Clint Hill, called Mr. Hill, by Jackie and the children, shares some wonderful memories. Jackie insisted that the children call him Mr. Hill as a sign of respect and, of course, good manners. This theme is played throughout the book.

Jackie comes across as a shy, warm, loving woman. She had the ability to make others feel comfortable. She also couldn't understand why people were so interested in seeing her. For example, Mr. Hill tried to take her shopping in Palm Beach, but as soon as people recognized her, she felt awkward and ill-at-ease. This happened everywhere she went all over the world. This was a woman who was better at one-on-one conversations. She spoke fluent French, was a fashion icon, an accomplished rider, a devoted mother, and, extremely well read and intelligent. (But, of course, you knew that.)

The 26 chapters are short and almost a little story of their own. Included are black and white photos that add so much to the book.

The inside-the-Secret-Service insight is fascinating. They protected the children and family without cell phones and the Internet. Each of the Kennedy's had a code name that began with the letter "L." Secret Service agents had code names, too. I am amazed at their dedication to their job. Mr. Hill spent many long days away from his wife and children living in hotels and getting little sleep while on duty.

This is not a smut, tell-all book. It is the story of Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Hill. It is their story and what a wonderful opportunity for us!

As an adult, I, too, am in love with Jackie. What a class act! Read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time as described
Published 2 days ago by oleg
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
I am deeply moved by this book. It is so wonderfully written. What I love the most is that this book is written by Clint Hill who was so close to Mrs. Kennedy. Read more
Published 2 days ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Gates-get Clint Hill on Finding Your Roots !!!
Wonderful book. Certain places he mentions are fun to google. For instance the motel the
Secret Service Agents used when Mrs. Read more
Published 5 days ago by justanon
4.0 out of 5 stars An intimate, yet deeply respectful, journey into Hill 's relationship...
As much as I would've loved to read more details about Mrs. Kennedy's thoughts about the assassination itself as well as Mr. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paul M Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good !
In my book almost any info on the Kennedy's will keep me interested. Mr. Hill has a decent book here.
Published 8 days ago by Jan Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best written and easy reading books I have ever...
This is one of the best written and easy reading books I have ever read. Clint Hill makes the story come to life, and I am reading another book by Mr. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Astros
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
reads like a love story
Published 12 days ago by Joan Mucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
A fascinating account of the affection and friendship between Jackie Kennedy and her secret service agent. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
Published 15 days ago by C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Memoir
I must say, this is one of the best pieces of literature I have ever read! Clint Hill does an amazing job describing the everyday life of a secret service agent and his unique... Read more
Published 16 days ago by William Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional - memorable - realistic
I may have to reread this book at some point in the future but the tears that have rolled down my cheeks for the last few chapters prohibit me from doing so now. Mr. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gretchen Caiazzo
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