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Five Days in November Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
What this book—whose contents we've waited 50 years for—lacks in artistry, it makes up for in immediacy. Hill was one of the Secret Service agents beside J.F.K.'s car at the time of his assassination, and he managed to clamber onto the trunk in an attempt to protect the chief executive and his wife. Hill continues to feel guilty over the president's death. His account offers new, minute details of the events in Dallas and Washington, D.C., immediately before and after J.F.K.'s death. Sometimes those details are unnecessary and his precise recollection of them seems difficult to believe. But the book's photographs—some rare, some probably never seen before—are a particular strength. Astonishingly, however, none of them is captioned, nor are any of the locations, figures, or events in them identified. This inexplicable omission is unlikely to dent the book's appeal to aficionados of the period. But for those less knowledgeable about the Camelot era and its tragic end, the lack of captions represents a lost opportunity. (Nov.)
"A riveting, stunning narrative...among hundreds of books about the assassination, this is the most compelling because Hill lived it." (Herald-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 of Mrs Kennedy and Me)
"[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 on Mrs. Kennedy and Me)
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All of the other books about the assassination must use secondary sources or rumors. That is not the case in “Five Days in November” because Clint Hill was there as shown in many of the photos. He succinctly describes exactly what he saw and the narrative tracks the many photos so closely that there is no need for captions. His narration gives meaning to iconic photos as well as images never seen before.
It is rare indeed for such a dramatic and important historical event to be described fifty years later in such exquisite detail by a witness to the event. The writing is tight, crisp, straightforward and unflinching without an agenda. So many minute details are revealed for the first time such that the reader seems to be carried along on the fateful trip. The emotions that we felt then seem to come back in full force. The story is highly readable even though we know the ending and wish it could be different.
Thank you Mr. Hill for sharing with us what you saw. Even though it must have been difficult for you to relive those five days, this book is an important contribution to the historical record. Everyone should read this book whether you are old enough to have experienced the horror and grief or young enough to only know about it second hand.
Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill had the unique experience of being at the forefront while all of this happened. His role in this wasn't as a somewhat distanced observer such as a tv anchorman or reporter. He had a working relationship with the First Family serving on the Kennedy Detail and following the assassination.
Hill recounts in great detail everything that he saw and experienced and by doing so tells a far more poignant story than
the one I remember in great detail. I make this point because his account is far more intimate because he conveyed details that I doubt most of the public at large knew.
Aside from defining the duties of the Secret Service that go beyond counterfeit money, the business of protecting a president and even guarding his dead body is a daunting job that while being detail driven is also emotionally hard.
Regardless of your feelings about JFK and the question marks that will probably always exist about his presidency, this book is compelling and had me tearing up as I read it. It is a well told account of five really awful days in November.