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"An important contribution to Kennedy assassination literature because it presents in riveting detail the assassination from the agents' perspective and describes the lifelong emotional burden the agents endured when their best efforts were not enough." ---Library Journal
This edit was updated by E. Wilson on Sept. 22, 2016. I believe this book is a desperate attempt to cover up the secret service agents in the detail, instead of holding them accountable for the horrible crime they perpetrated in 1963, in the name of national security. Maybe the agents regret what they did and maybe they weren't all in on the plans. This book is a joke when compared with the facts that are now known about the assassination of JFK. No matter how hard I tried to blow the president's head off in three shots, I couldn't do it while watching the "unedited" Zabruder film on You-Tube. That's why I read many more books after this one in search of the truth being thankful to this book for leading me there. We lost such a great leader with the obvious slaughter of a great man, President John F. Kennedy. Why do we still have a cover up? Doesn't anybody care?
There is information that I believe that Agent Blaine has left and possibly lied about to release himself and some of his cohorts from culpability in JFK's assassination. I have read time and again that the president does not direct his own protection and Blaine's attempt at throwing the president under the bus is just lame. Look at pictures of JFK's protection in other cities prior to November 22nd and compare it to the lack of protection given to him in Dallas. Look at where almost all the agents were--surrounding LBJ's car. It was no secret that Kennedy was hated in Dallas; why not more and better protection than what he got? Even if there were a lone shooter, which many no longer believe, with the right protection, Kennedy would not have been hit; one of the agents would have. Wasn't it their job to take a bullet for the president if necessary? Agent Clint Hill was the only one to react when shots were fired; where were the others?
Although I found the book interesting in some sections, there's just too much blame placing on others. It was the agents' job to protect the president and they failed. I don't know if some of them disagreed with JFK's policies on race, Vietnam, etc. But that shouldn't matter. The Warren Commission Report was B.S. and former Agent Abraham Bolden was possibly framed for what he knew. There is more to the story than Blaine has written. President Kennedy was murdered six weeks after I was born. I am now 52 years old. It would be nice to know the truth about what really happened and the role that the Secret Service played in my lifetime.
This book just another book in the continuing cover-up of who murdered President John Kennedy in Dallas on 22 November 1963. The book was written by a Secret Service agent who was NOT in Dallas on the day JFK was murdered, and he relies on the second-hand tales of a select few bodyguards. He brings almost nothing new to the story..except some details about the care of the president's children on that fateful day in Dallas.The book should be read by assassination researchers not so much for what it says but for what it leaves out.
ALL you need to know about the credibility of this book is that it supports the bogus "lone" assassin (Oswald dunnit) theory and repeats the standard official propaganda that JFK was shot in the back of the head from the Texas Book Depository.
If you're well read on the assassination, you will be able to cull a few seemingly innocent details that evoke not so innocent questions. You will notice that the secret service agent Jerry Behn, who ended up as LBJ's chief bodyguard, ahem, took his first vacation in four years, ahem, and did not accompany JFK to Dallas. This same agent Behn was the agent who conveyed JFK's order to stay off the back of his vehicle to agents in Tampa and in Dallas -- allegedly because agents were obstructing the public's view of JFK and his wife. (It is more likely that JFK was getting nervous about agents with ambiguous loyalties riding behind him with guns.)
The book contains interesting background details about Mike Wallace's interview of Clint Hill (who knows a lot more than he will ever tell). Clint's attempt to balance his loyalties to Jackie Kennedy and her secrets and the need to protect his family and his own life from the Powerful Bankster Elite who murdered JFK led to Clint's severe alcoholism. His health ruined, Hill retired early (age 43) from the Secret Service and for a time worked on a farm far from the perils and pressures of Washington D.C. Clint Hill tried to avoid scrutiny, but it wasn't enough. The bankster Elite had to "break" Clint in public. CBS's Mike Wallace was chosen to do it. CBS promised not to ask Hill questions about what happened in Dallas....but they lied. In sum, Wallace forced Hill into a corner....and made Clint repeat the official story of "three shots" "from behind" (more "case closed" maneuvering). Watch Mike Wallace's "hit job" on Clint Hill on youtube.
This superficial book was given a wide distribution by Gallery Books owned by the Jewish publishing firm of Simon & Schuster, ahem.
For a more astute book about the murder of President Kennedy -- that it was done by Mossad -- read "Final Judgment" in its 6th edition -- by Michael Collins Piper. (Piper was working on his 7th edition of "Final Judgement," but does not seem to have published it -- possibly because Piper died an untimely, ahem, death and his cabin, containing his papers, was burned to the ground. Also read Piper's book "False Flags" (or any book by Piper) whose books ask all the right questions and provide many of the answers.
Also, read the review by Secret Service agent, Abraham Bolton, found in this string of reviews. Bolton was put in jail and in a psychiatric hospital (where he was assaulted by brainwave technology) to keep him from calling for a deeper investigation of the role of the Secret Service during JFK's murder. Few people know that in 1963 the Secret Service worked for the US Treasury, which was and is de facto controlled by the Federal Reserve Banksters. The Secret Service now reports to the Department of das Vaterland, er, Homeland Security.
Great book. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in the JFK assasination. This is from the men who lived the horrible day. I'd never thought of the Secret Service having post traumatic stress but DUH, it makes a LOT of sense !
Tremendous book! These details are straight from the horses mouth. Very credible unlike a lot of the so-called conspiracy "experts" that want to blame the secret service for the assassination. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the facts!
This account of the U.S. Secret Service Detail that protected President Kennedy, written by a former member of that detail, is a fascinating look at the art and the polticis of presidential protection. It reads like a novel, and furnishes a wealth of details valuable to the historian and lay person alike.