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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 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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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 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.

30 review for Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nanci de Suffren

    I saw the recent television interview with Mr. Hill. The interviewer pointed out that some would think he loved the First Lady. He certainly wrote of her in a loving way if you consider honesty, respect, admiration and appreciation to be equal components of his memory of Mrs. Kennedy. His job was to protect the president's wife. In his words, "I was responsible for protecting the things that were most important to him, personally-his wife and children." In order to do his job, he paid attention I saw the recent television interview with Mr. Hill. The interviewer pointed out that some would think he loved the First Lady. He certainly wrote of her in a loving way if you consider honesty, respect, admiration and appreciation to be equal components of his memory of Mrs. Kennedy. His job was to protect the president's wife. In his words, "I was responsible for protecting the things that were most important to him, personally-his wife and children." In order to do his job, he paid attention to the woman that she was and found himself to be in the position of safeguarding a rare treasure. This story is so beautifully remembered and shared. It is written by an uncommon gentleman who has allowed himself to re-live one of the most memorable times in presidential history. The intimate story he tells, reliving the joy and the pain, of that time with Mrs. Kennedy and her family, made me laugh out loud at times and cry with the renewed memories of that horrible day in Dallas. Having read this book, I can certainly understand why it took 50 years for him to finally decide to tell his story. Mr. Hill wrote of this family with dignity and a strong sense of loyalty to their memory. He brought so many things into focus, the most poignant being that salute that we all must remember. I think Jackie would be so pleased with his accounting. This is a beautiful book and I give it my highest recommendation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Day

    This book is the memoir of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy during the Kennedy administration. He’s never told about his experiences publicly until this book—and it was well worth the wait. This is a beautifully written book and a wonderful tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy. It’s not surprising that Kennedy seemed to prefer Hill over the other agents assigned to her. His earnestness and kindness towards her is evident throughout the book. He was insistent on giving This book is the memoir of Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy during the Kennedy administration. He’s never told about his experiences publicly until this book—and it was well worth the wait. This is a beautifully written book and a wonderful tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy. It’s not surprising that Kennedy seemed to prefer Hill over the other agents assigned to her. His earnestness and kindness towards her is evident throughout the book. He was insistent on giving her as much privacy and personal space as possible, something it was obvious she cherished having been abruptly thrown into the international spotlight. What’s remarkable about this book is that among all the other tell-all type memoirs that have been written about the Kennedys, this one feels more personal and more intimate than any other, but does the family no injustice. There’s been a million articles and books written describing the Kennedy assassination, but no account can compare to Hill’s. And yet, it’s clear he did not want to exploit this event for his own personal gain or to provide lurid details for a curious public. He admits that the events of that day haunted him through his entire life and his descriptions of interactions alongside Mrs. Kennedy throughout the day and the following weeks makes for a truly heartbreaking account. (If you’ve ever wondered who the agent was that jumped onto the back of the Presidential convertible after the shots were fired, that was Hill.) I found this book so refreshing and honest. It’s not sensational, it’s not exploitative—it’s just straightforward and honest and actually quite beautiful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Very engaging memoir, and certainly the reader's affection toward Clint Hill and Mrs. Kennedy grows over the course of reading the book. We of course know before hand that Mrs. Kennedy experienced many devastating losses and remained a graceful, stoic figure. I felt more for Mr. Hill's almost unmentioned family, though, who had to spend holidays, summers, and weeks without a father/husband at home, so that the First Lady could travel, take long vacations, shop, visit with friends, ride horses, s Very engaging memoir, and certainly the reader's affection toward Clint Hill and Mrs. Kennedy grows over the course of reading the book. We of course know before hand that Mrs. Kennedy experienced many devastating losses and remained a graceful, stoic figure. I felt more for Mr. Hill's almost unmentioned family, though, who had to spend holidays, summers, and weeks without a father/husband at home, so that the First Lady could travel, take long vacations, shop, visit with friends, ride horses, sail on yachts, often leaving her children behind with other staff. I understand that it was Clint Hill's job to protect Mrs. Kennedy, and that the First Lady does not have to spend all of her time at the White House, but Mrs. Kennedy lived a very privileged life that was funded to a great extent by US taxpayers and not the Kennedy fortune. I did not "like" Mrs. Kennedy to any greater degree after reading this. I wondered more, what one does with one's time, if one is not the primary care giver for one's children, the primary cook for one's family, the primary house keeper for one's own home, not in school or training for a future occupation, working at a job where there are specific day and time requirements to earn a salary, not able to employ staff to take care of all personal, social and family needs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie

    While I am glad I read the book, it must be stated that the book's focus is quite narrow. It gives only Clint Hill's personal perspective on his four years as Secret Service agent protecting Jacqueline Kennedy. The last year is after the death of her husband; President Johnson deemed the surveillance should be continued for another year. You follow what Clint Hill did to protect the First Lady, and how he came to feel towards her, the President and their two children, Caroline and little John. S While I am glad I read the book, it must be stated that the book's focus is quite narrow. It gives only Clint Hill's personal perspective on his four years as Secret Service agent protecting Jacqueline Kennedy. The last year is after the death of her husband; President Johnson deemed the surveillance should be continued for another year. You follow what Clint Hill did to protect the First Lady, and how he came to feel towards her, the President and their two children, Caroline and little John. She rarely was in the White House. Very little is said about political events - such as the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. You follow her as she travels to India, Pakistan, Italy, France …. You follow her to Palm Beach, Florida, to Hyannis Port, to the Kennedy Compound in Rhode Island on holidays and weekends. You watch how she raises her children. How she parties, how athletic she is (water-skiing, horse-riding, tennis, golf....... You name it. She does it, and she does it well.) Her demeanor, her way of joking, her clothes and her beauty - it is all here, always through Hill’s respectful gaze. You see her need for privacy, but also her inability to understand that what she is requesting is unreasonable and demands much of others. Maybe she just doesn’t care? At the same time she is curious to see what the tabloids are saying about her! Clint must go out and buy them for her! Her privileged lifestyle can get a bit hard to take. Hill's relationship with Jacquie remains always polite, always proper. Very little is said about sensitive topics, for example her meeting with Onassis and the President's relationship with Marilyn Monroe. I assume Clint Hill did know more, but little is said. When you compare Jacquie’s years as the First Lady and Eleanor Roosevelt’s - there is a striking difference! Somehow Jacqueline’s glamor is disturbing, but that is no criticism of the book. It is simply my observation. The assassination is covered too. Again, you get the perspective of one who was there. Clint Hill was in the car following Jacquie and the President. When Clint Hill saw what was happening, it was he who attempted to climb into their car. You may have seen this in photos. This section is emotionally moving, but again not a complete retelling of events. We are told by Clint what he saw, felt and did. You do not get a complete analysis of the assassination, but whole books are written on this! The narration by Jeremy Bobb was superb. He sounded calm, reliable responsible - how you imagine a Security Service agent would sound. You think this must be Clint Hill speaking. There is also a short epilogue narrated by Clint himself, he looks back on how he remembers Jacquie. This is when she is dying in 1994 of cancer. Fond memories. I am glad I read the book. Although not comprehensive, it gives additional insight into Jacqueline Kennedy’s personality and behavior and the assassination of President Kennedy. Always through Clint Hill’s eyes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LaurieH118

    There is a sadness that permeates this book. For as hard as Clint Hill worked to protect The First Family (and he makes it clear from the outset that he would have preferred to be on JFK's detail, not Jackie's), the Secret Service failed at the moment that mattered most. The President was shot on their watch. There's no escaping that. Whether or not Clint Hill could have made a difference is debatable (I don't think he could have moved any faster), but the fact that JFK was murdered is not. And There is a sadness that permeates this book. For as hard as Clint Hill worked to protect The First Family (and he makes it clear from the outset that he would have preferred to be on JFK's detail, not Jackie's), the Secret Service failed at the moment that mattered most. The President was shot on their watch. There's no escaping that. Whether or not Clint Hill could have made a difference is debatable (I don't think he could have moved any faster), but the fact that JFK was murdered is not. And the question that torments "Mr. Hill" is, as he writes, "How could I have let this happen to her?" He writes that when he saw Mrs. Kennedy's anguish at losing Baby Patrick, he wished he could throw his arms around her and hug her. I know how he feels. I'd love to throw my arms around him and comfort him. He sounds like a good man placed by history and fate and Lee Harvey Oswald into a horrific situation. I'm sure he'd prefer to be anonymous than to be known as the agent who climbed on the back of the car THAT day. Which is not to say the book is a complete bummer. There are priceless glimpses of Mrs. Kennedy (I had no idea that she was such a jock, or that consciously avoided Frank Sinatra) and Pakistan and Italy and that famous Onassis yacht, The Christina. The one who is conspicuously absent from this story is Gwen Hill, Clint's wife. Mr. Hill was with Mrs. Kennedy for the births of both John and Patrick, yet not for the birth of his own son. He admits that he missed watching his sons grow the way he was able to observe John and Caroline. He even dedicates the book to Caroline. Is Mrs. Hill still alive? I'd love to hear how she feels about sharing her husband with the woman and the family he was assigned to protect. I believe Gwen Hill served her country, too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Being fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy for years, originally I didn't want to read this thinking that it was just another way for a former staffer to "make a buck" off of the Kennedy name. But then a friend told me that she had seen Clint Hill on the Today Show...and suddenly all my reluctance about reading this book changed...and quickly! For me, Clint Hill has always been a demi-god or sort of like an icon. I've always wondered what his thoughts were. He is the one that jumped on the back of t Being fascinated by Jacqueline Kennedy for years, originally I didn't want to read this thinking that it was just another way for a former staffer to "make a buck" off of the Kennedy name. But then a friend told me that she had seen Clint Hill on the Today Show...and suddenly all my reluctance about reading this book changed...and quickly! For me, Clint Hill has always been a demi-god or sort of like an icon. I've always wondered what his thoughts were. He is the one that jumped on the back of the limo in Dallas after the first shot was fired, pushing Mrs. Kennedy back into the car as they sped to Parkland Hospital. While Hill has been reticent to speak about the events of November 22, 1963 he does here and the result is one of the most moving accounts of the tragedy that I have ever read (and trust me, I've read EVERYTHING). Showing Jacqueline Kennedy's "human" side in this book, we are led beneath the glamorous, fashionable world of State Dinners and moments of high protocol. While I wouldn't recommend this book for the "casual" Kennedy fan (is there actually such a person?), this is a beautiful story of a true and lasting friendship that lived itself out on the greatest of stages and endured unbearable, unspeakable tragedy. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 2012

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Oh my goodness. I've been sobbing for about the last sixty or so pages. I don't even know what to say. I didn't even mean to read this book at the moment. I had checked it out from the library and was taking a look at it for my husband and it captivated me right from the start. Now, I really want to read a proper biography about Jackie Kennedy, because she was one incredible, smart, classy lady. I wasn't even alive when the president was killed. But man, what a horrible thing, to have your husba Oh my goodness. I've been sobbing for about the last sixty or so pages. I don't even know what to say. I didn't even mean to read this book at the moment. I had checked it out from the library and was taking a look at it for my husband and it captivated me right from the start. Now, I really want to read a proper biography about Jackie Kennedy, because she was one incredible, smart, classy lady. I wasn't even alive when the president was killed. But man, what a horrible thing, to have your husband assassinated right next to you. I can't even imagine. The book reads like fiction. It's written by one of the men in the Secret Service whose job it was to protect Jackie once JFK was elected. They became very close and had lots of respect for and trust in each other. I thought Agent Hill did a fantastic job of bringing to his readers his experiences and a taste of what life was like while guarding Jackie Kennedy. I slurped this book up like hot chocolate and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Nov 22, 1963 is one of the darkest days in US history. If you were alive that day, you will remember exactly what you were doing the moment you heard President Kennedy had been shot. As Clint Hill says “Three shots had been fired in Dealey Plaza. And the world stopped for four days.” This is Clint Hill’s story about his time as a secret service agent for Mrs. Kennedy. It is an evocative, compelling read beautifully told straight from the heart of a man who admired respected this legendary woman Nov 22, 1963 is one of the darkest days in US history. If you were alive that day, you will remember exactly what you were doing the moment you heard President Kennedy had been shot. As Clint Hill says “Three shots had been fired in Dealey Plaza. And the world stopped for four days.” This is Clint Hill’s story about his time as a secret service agent for Mrs. Kennedy. It is an evocative, compelling read beautifully told straight from the heart of a man who admired respected this legendary woman. A must read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    Loved this book! I can't help but be sympathetic for Clint Hill, Jackie's personal secret service agent and author of book. He is without a doubt a very noble man, loyal and dedicated to his job and those he protects on any given day. But with that comes the sacrifice of his own personal life and family. Although with Hill's detailed account on the day that Kennedy was assassinated, I still can not imagine his grief in the following days that lead into years. A moment of time that went beyond th Loved this book! I can't help but be sympathetic for Clint Hill, Jackie's personal secret service agent and author of book. He is without a doubt a very noble man, loyal and dedicated to his job and those he protects on any given day. But with that comes the sacrifice of his own personal life and family. Although with Hill's detailed account on the day that Kennedy was assassinated, I still can not imagine his grief in the following days that lead into years. A moment of time that went beyond the call of duty, and came with lasting mental and emotional scars, I am sure. But only briefly discussed here. If you are looking for any words of gossip or rumors...you will not find it in this book. This book is written with class and with obvious high regards for Jackie (Mrs. Kennedy as he called her), or maybe a love story at best. He maintains his "professionalism" as a secret service agent even 50yrs later. We should all be so lucky if Clint Hill was our guardian. Was sad when I reached it's end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    I gave this a four because it was easy to read but fascinating--sometimes in a negative way. If the public needs to learn that Jacqueline Kennedy was a prima donna who needed kid-glove treatment by all, this book confirms it. Also revealing is that she was away from her children constantly, seldom in the White House and seemingly unconcerned that her whims cost tremendous sums in money and Secret Service manhours--away from their own families. Also revealing is how caught up in her life Clint Hi I gave this a four because it was easy to read but fascinating--sometimes in a negative way. If the public needs to learn that Jacqueline Kennedy was a prima donna who needed kid-glove treatment by all, this book confirms it. Also revealing is that she was away from her children constantly, seldom in the White House and seemingly unconcerned that her whims cost tremendous sums in money and Secret Service manhours--away from their own families. Also revealing is how caught up in her life Clint Hill became--seems as if he worshipped her, probably to the detriment of his own marriage (the book doesn't say). It is a poor-boy-makes-it-big story of one fascinated by the rich and powerful and thoughtless--much like The Great Gatsby. The narration in this often fails to sound convincing male..."precious," etc., so the author partnership doesn't work well, but it is an inside look at a woman who became as close to royalty as America has ever had.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This was a very unique look into the world of the Kennedy family, from the eyes of Jackie ' s Secret Service agent. It's well written and very interesting. You definitely can the see the love and admiration that existed in the relationship. As well you come to understand the heartbreak Jackie went through and why. If you enjoy biographies, I highly recommend this. This was a very unique look into the world of the Kennedy family, from the eyes of Jackie ' s Secret Service agent. It's well written and very interesting. You definitely can the see the love and admiration that existed in the relationship. As well you come to understand the heartbreak Jackie went through and why. If you enjoy biographies, I highly recommend this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    I hesitated to read this one - didn't want to read anything about conspiracy theories and it sounded like it could be a bit scandalous and tabloid-like with a secret service agent/bodyguard telling all. Then I saw that it was number 1 in the Goodreads list of "Best books about the Kennedy family" so I decided to give it a go. I'm very glad that I did as there was nothing about conspiracy theories and it quickly becomes apparent that Clint Hill has no intention at all of making his fortune at the I hesitated to read this one - didn't want to read anything about conspiracy theories and it sounded like it could be a bit scandalous and tabloid-like with a secret service agent/bodyguard telling all. Then I saw that it was number 1 in the Goodreads list of "Best books about the Kennedy family" so I decided to give it a go. I'm very glad that I did as there was nothing about conspiracy theories and it quickly becomes apparent that Clint Hill has no intention at all of making his fortune at the expense of the Kennedys or doing anything that wasn't in their interests. In fact, he seemed to really admire Jackie Kennedy, almost to the extent of infatuation. He also seemed to love the whole family and by the end to be almost as damaged by what happened as the family members, being wracked by guilt that he didn't get to the car before the fatal third bullet hit. The story then becomes an intimate inside story of an extraordinary and yet incredibly privileged life. It all seems almost idyllic which makes the sad ending which you know is coming all the more poignant (the book is in sections by year so by the time that you reach 1963, it really is impossible to put down). I didn't know much about the Kennedys before reading this but it has really whet my appetite for finding out more. My only fault with it was that it makes it seem that JFK and Jackie had a perfect marriage and family life - because I know that's not true, I'd like to read some more about JFK's life and I'd maybe strictly give this 4.5 rather than 5 stars but I'll round it up to 5 as it really is a great introduction to the Kennedys and it was one of those books that I was continually looking forward to picking up again while I was reading it and that is the mark of a 5 star book for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Revert

    This was OUR era. Our parents were Republicans, but there was NO question in those days--JFK was the president of ALL of us. One of my very favorite days was Nov. 22, 1963--bear with me. I had gone with my dad to Cleveland to which he was commuting, and I was along to shop for my wedding to Brent. I was to buy the wedding rings, and a few articles of clothing. I learned that there was a new opening for me at the hospital(a minor surgery), due to the approaching Thanksgiving weekend. At about 1P This was OUR era. Our parents were Republicans, but there was NO question in those days--JFK was the president of ALL of us. One of my very favorite days was Nov. 22, 1963--bear with me. I had gone with my dad to Cleveland to which he was commuting, and I was along to shop for my wedding to Brent. I was to buy the wedding rings, and a few articles of clothing. I learned that there was a new opening for me at the hospital(a minor surgery), due to the approaching Thanksgiving weekend. At about 1PM, we all learned that JFK had been shot, and learned shortly thereafter that he had died. That late afternoon, in the winter dark and with snow falling, as Dad and I drove the 70 miles home--on the Ohio turnpike, knowing that every single car was listening to the radio as we were to learn details of this shattering news---Dad and I talked as mutual adults, trying to synthesize this news. Since I was the youngest of 4 kids, and only 20 at this point, it was a very special time with him. Over the years, I have finally realized why I loved this time. We were alone, and we shared a very important day in our lives. Today I am finishing this book. It was written by a man with an oldfashioned sense of decorum which feels wonderful, and has long gone missing in our lives. To be raised as I was by such fine, bright, thoughtful parents as Bea and Si Houlton--well, I would wish that on anyone and everyone. (library)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bloomreader

    I was one month old when President Kennedy was assassinated and so I carry no memories of that tragic time. Like many others, I've always been interested in the Kennedy legacy, and found this to be a deeply moving portrait of the era, and of Jacqueline Kennedy in particular. It is written through the respectful and deeply caring viewpoint of her personal Secret Service agent during her White House years, Clint Hill. In an era of "tell-all" autobiographies (yuck) it is such a relief to finally re I was one month old when President Kennedy was assassinated and so I carry no memories of that tragic time. Like many others, I've always been interested in the Kennedy legacy, and found this to be a deeply moving portrait of the era, and of Jacqueline Kennedy in particular. It is written through the respectful and deeply caring viewpoint of her personal Secret Service agent during her White House years, Clint Hill. In an era of "tell-all" autobiographies (yuck) it is such a relief to finally read such a kind portrayal that feels very true. Hill and co-author Cubbins preserved both the happy and tragic aspects of the Kennedy story without veering off into excessive philosophizing or weepy maudlin sentiment, despite the terrible event that left a deep mark on Hill. That's a good thing, because I probably would have set down the book if I had felt that my emotions were being manipulated. I felt a burgeoning sense of dread as I approached the end --knowing what was destined to happen, and completely unable to change the outcome. That is how involving this memoir is -- I was totally immersed, and in tears for a while after finishing it. What a memorable, heartbreaking, well-rendered telling of an elusive, charismatic First Lady, her famous husband and their young family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    This was a very fascinating book that gave me a glimpse into a piece of history that happened before my time. However, I don't think I took away from it what was intended by the author. I found Mrs. Kennedy (and the entire Kennedy administration) to be completely self-serving, totally oblivious to the needs of anyone besides themselves, and spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors. Money, that was undoubtedly the tax-payers. NOT theirs. I've never understood the rabid fascination with this This was a very fascinating book that gave me a glimpse into a piece of history that happened before my time. However, I don't think I took away from it what was intended by the author. I found Mrs. Kennedy (and the entire Kennedy administration) to be completely self-serving, totally oblivious to the needs of anyone besides themselves, and spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors. Money, that was undoubtedly the tax-payers. NOT theirs. I've never understood the rabid fascination with this particular administration. From everything I just learned (from the man who was closest to them during those 3 years), it was a typical Democratic administration. Rich elitists who were completely out of touch with the people they are supposed to be serving and narcissistic to boot! Their marriage was a sham, family life a joke, and from what I kind see this woman did virtually nothing of value in her time as a First Lady. Almost sounds like someone else we know who is currently occupying the White House.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    This book made me cry. Like I would give it six stars if I could. Honestly.

  17. 4 out of 5

    KOMET

    I first became aware of Secret Service Agent Clint Hill from an interview he gave Mike Wallace on '60 Minutes' many, many years ago. He had been part of the security detail that had accompanied President and Mrs. Kennedy to Texas in November 1963. What's more: Hill was one of the Secret Service agents who had been directly behind the presidential limousine in the accompanying vehicle the moment the first shot rang out in Dallas. He then ran toward the limousine in what proved to be a vain attemp I first became aware of Secret Service Agent Clint Hill from an interview he gave Mike Wallace on '60 Minutes' many, many years ago. He had been part of the security detail that had accompanied President and Mrs. Kennedy to Texas in November 1963. What's more: Hill was one of the Secret Service agents who had been directly behind the presidential limousine in the accompanying vehicle the moment the first shot rang out in Dallas. He then ran toward the limousine in what proved to be a vain attempt to protect President Kennedy. He had reached for the handhold of the limousine as the third, fatal shot struck the President, and his suit was sprayed with the President's blood, brain matter, and shattered bone fragments. None of these details I knew at the time of the '60 Minutes' interview. But the agony I saw in Mr. Hill's face as he related to Mike Wallace what he saw and experienced that horrible day, made me feel so, so terrible for him. It was clear that this tragic event had tormented him for the rest of his life. So, when I learned that he had written a book, "MRS. KENNEDY AND ME", about his Secret Service experiences during the Kennedy Administration, I was keen to read it. And I'm so glad that I did. I learned that shortly after time of JFK's election as President in November 1960, Agent Hill had been assigned to the security detail for Mrs. Kennedy. He wasn't eager at first to take on the assignment, for he had hoped he would be named to the President's Detail (which he had been a part of under President Eisenhower). But he quickly adjusted to being assigned to protecting Mrs. Kennedy with whom he developed a close, cordial, and respectful relationship over the 3 years he protected and accompanied her on trips to places as diverse as Paris, Greece, Pakistan, India, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, and Morocco (as well as to Hyannis Port, where the Kennedys spent their summers, and to the Kennedy residence in Palm Beach in the wintertime). It's rare to read a book that sets out to recapture a spirit and ethos of an earlier time and succeeds. And that was what I experienced in reading "MRS. KENNEDY AND ME." I felt like I was there, a part of the "Kennedy mystique" in which these 2 incredible people -- President and Mrs. Kennedy -- inspired a nation to look deep within itself and embrace the better angels of its character and live out the true meaning of the words as enshrined in the Constitution: "to form a more perfect Union."

  18. 5 out of 5

    LemonLinda

    Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, assigned to Mrs. Kennedy from immediately following her husband's election through the White House years and for another year following the President's assassination, gives us an inside look in his assignment that grew into a special and respected friendship from both sides. This is a story that I thought I knew well as I have read previously about these people during this time, but this comes from a different perspective giving a heartfelt and tender glimpse int Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, assigned to Mrs. Kennedy from immediately following her husband's election through the White House years and for another year following the President's assassination, gives us an inside look in his assignment that grew into a special and respected friendship from both sides. This is a story that I thought I knew well as I have read previously about these people during this time, but this comes from a different perspective giving a heartfelt and tender glimpse into the live of this extremely public, yet private former First Lady. He relates that when first given the assignment he was not thrilled thinking he was "doomed" to endless hours of shopping, the ballet and other "girly" pursuits. But as the days went by he came to know, respect and develop a close and sincere affection for the woman that he spent so much time with and she came to rely on his devotion and willingness to go above and beyond the regular duties of his job. It is almost as if you are traveling along with and Mrs. Kennedy and him on weekend excursions to Palm Beach, Hyannis Port, NYC and their horse farm in VA as well as going abroad with them to France, Italy, Greece, India and Pakistan. She had a mischievous, independent side which often made his job a bit more difficult, but he only admired her spirit and determination to maintain a sense of self. His goal in writing this book, I think, was to emphasize what a lady she was and how she should be long remembered and respected. I did see his vision and feel it as she is my second favorite first lady (the first being Laura Bush). But even more so I came away from this book with a higher appreciation for Mr. Hill personally and for his and the other agents' complete dedication to their profession.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is one of the most intensely moving books I have ever read. I was young when President Kennedy was assassinated, but after reading this, I'm left with so many memories of that time and of that tragedy. Mr. Hill did an amazing job recreating that time period. I learned so much about Mrs. Kennedy and the children. Truly, this was a wonderful book about a wonderful woman and her family. This is one of the most intensely moving books I have ever read. I was young when President Kennedy was assassinated, but after reading this, I'm left with so many memories of that time and of that tragedy. Mr. Hill did an amazing job recreating that time period. I learned so much about Mrs. Kennedy and the children. Truly, this was a wonderful book about a wonderful woman and her family.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    After readingMrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, I was dying to know more about Clint Hill because his attention to the first lady is so extraordinary that I couldn’t imagine his own family life although he does mention a wife and two sons and that they have several grandchildren. Hill “claims to have released the demons of 11/22/63, so to speak, when he and his wife visited Dallas in 1990”(http://www.ctka.net/reviews/MrsKenned.... What I found online is that he and his wife Gw After readingMrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin, I was dying to know more about Clint Hill because his attention to the first lady is so extraordinary that I couldn’t imagine his own family life although he does mention a wife and two sons and that they have several grandchildren. Hill “claims to have released the demons of 11/22/63, so to speak, when he and his wife visited Dallas in 1990”(http://www.ctka.net/reviews/MrsKenned.... What I found online is that he and his wife Gwen maintained their marriage until 2006 when they divorced after more than forty-five years. The book is a highly favorable look at the Kennedy family and their experiences in the White House. Hill was assigned to Mrs. Kennedy’s Secret Service detail, and although initially he didn’t want the assignment, he came to, in his words, “adore her.” Through his eyes, she is happily married, athletic, adventurous, devoted to her father-in-law, intelligent, creative, nurturing and much more. Hill travels with Mrs. Kennedy to Greece, India, Pakistan, and Ravello, a town in southern Italy. He spends three Christmases with the family at Palm Beach. He is present when John Kennedy, Jr. and Patrick Kennedy are born. When Kennedy is shot, Hill “thrust myself onto the trunk, grabbed her arm, and pushed her back into the seat,” thinking, “Good God, she’s going to go flying off the back of the car!” (291). He is called to view the president’s body because, “since you are the closest to Mrs. Kennedy, it’s important for you to see the body, in case she has any questions” (305). He blames himself for Kennedy’s death, thinking, “If only I had run faster, reacted a little quicker . . .” (306). Early in the book, he writes, “I quickly realized that one of the best ways for me to protect her, and to gain her confidence in me, was to come up with creative ways for her to do the things she wanted, with as much privacy as possible” (16). Hill succeeds so well that he becomes the senior agent on her detail. In Capri, agreeing that crowds will mob her if she goes out herself, he even shops for her with Princess Irene Galatzine, selecting “an assortment of dresses, trousers, gauzy blouses, jewelry, shoes—you name it. We had a whole damn wardrobe for Mrs. Kennedy” (181). With only a few hours notice, he joins her brother in law Prince Raziwill and the President’s friend Chuck Spaulding on a fifty mile hike, winning “a handmade, personally inscribed medallion” (221) from Kennedy. When the limousine arrives at the hospital in Dallas, Mrs. Kennedy sits, holding the president’s head in her lap until Hill thinks to himself, “No one should see the president like this. I understand, Mrs. Kennedy. You’re right. …. He writes, “I took off my suit coat and placed it over his head and upper torso. …She still hadn’t said a word, but as soon as my coat was covering the president, she released her grip” (203). In mid December, after the assassination, Mrs. Kennedy gave Hill a copy of a letter she had sent to Secretary of State Dillon. It said “I would like to ask you one thing that was so close to Jack’s heart … It’s about our Secret Service detail … He always said that, before he left office, he was going to see that the highest possible recommendation was left in each of their files …” (331). Hill stayed with Mrs. Kennedy for one year after JFK’s death as allowed by law and then was assigned to Johnson, becoming the Special Agent in Charge of presidential protection. Under Nixon, he moved to the same position for the vice president. Finally, he became assistant director of the Secret Service, responsible for all protective forces. He retired in 1975.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly Weiss

    Article first published as Book Review: Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin on Blogcritics. Mrs. Kennedy and Me recounts Clint Hill’s Secret Service assignment to protect Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy from November 1960 until Lyndon Johnson was elected in 1964. Written with dignity and respect, the book describes the challenges and rewards attached to guarding Mrs. Kennedy. The detail about Mrs. Kennedy’s daily activities and overseas trips is extensive. Photos of her public and priv Article first published as Book Review: Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin on Blogcritics. Mrs. Kennedy and Me recounts Clint Hill’s Secret Service assignment to protect Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy from November 1960 until Lyndon Johnson was elected in 1964. Written with dignity and respect, the book describes the challenges and rewards attached to guarding Mrs. Kennedy. The detail about Mrs. Kennedy’s daily activities and overseas trips is extensive. Photos of her public and private life abound. Mr. Hill and co-author Lisa McCubbin write of her indomitable spirit, her coy humor and her grace. Hill clearly adored the whole Kennedy family and guarded them with diligence. He generously chronicles his time with Mrs. Kennedy. She was an expert equestrian, which forced him to find creative ways to protect her while riding. At one point, she mischievously bummed a cigarette off him while they were in a car out of the public eye. A lover of ballet, she teased him about his reaction to a performance she thought particularly moving. He describes her beautiful outfits for various state functions. Clothing was an important part of her image. American’s adored her sense of style. She wanted to purchase some outfits while in Italy. Advising her against it, Hill found himself dispatched to women’s boutiques with Mrs. Kennedy’s shopping list. A Secret Service agent must problem-solve in situations we can’t fathom: • Determining on the spot whether or not it was safe for Mrs. Kennedy to touch a baby elephant during a trip to India. • Safely transporting a horse gifted to Mrs. Kennedy by Pakistani President Ayub back to the United States. • Keeping Presidential moments private while maintaining adequate protection for the family. Mrs. Kennedy valued her privacy and wanted her children to have a normal life. Much of her time was spent away from the White House. Although this meant Mr. Hill would see his wife and children less, he never complained. It was simply part of the job. If you are looking for rumors and bits of scandal supposedly tied to the Kennedy Administration, look elsewhere. Wanting to bring a balance to salacious gossip about that time and negative stories of the Secret Service’s response to the President’s assassination, Mr. Hill breaks his fifty-year silence. The memoir is a positive and honest assessment of the joys and tests he met as an agent. The memoir overflows with respect for the Kennedy family. Hill writes eloquently about the depression and guilt he suffered because he felt he didn’t move quickly enough to take the bullets that struck President Kennedy on that fateful day in November of 1963. The author of this memoir is a consummate gentleman who humbly went about his duties. He was at that time, perhaps, Mrs. Kennedy’s closest friend. In Mr. Hill’s own words, “What started out as uncertainty for both Mrs. Kennedy and me, had turned into a comfortable and enjoyable working relationship based on mutual trust and respect.“ Readers, you will be moved by this personal tribute to an unforgettable First Lady. I highly recommend Mrs. Kennedy and Me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marcy prager

    This is an in-depth look at Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's fascinating life as first lady, remembered by her secret servant agent, Clint Hill. Jacqueline and Clint got along famously in their three years together because he understood her need for quiet and privacy for both her and her children. Clint accompanied Jackie to all the private residences she and the president had - seven in all, Hyannis Port, Palm Beach estate, and the Glen Ora residence, to name a few. Optimum surveillance equipment h This is an in-depth look at Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's fascinating life as first lady, remembered by her secret servant agent, Clint Hill. Jacqueline and Clint got along famously in their three years together because he understood her need for quiet and privacy for both her and her children. Clint accompanied Jackie to all the private residences she and the president had - seven in all, Hyannis Port, Palm Beach estate, and the Glen Ora residence, to name a few. Optimum surveillance equipment had to be installed at each residence. There was no expense spared when it came to Jackie's wish for living lavishly and privately. It was at Glen Ora in Middleburg that she seemed to frequent most in order to ride the horses that she loved. When the lease was up at Glen Ora, Jackie had a lavish home built close to Glen Ora. It seemed that Jackie spent little time at the White House. She also spent much time out of the country visiting India, Greece, Pakistan, and Italy. Clint was with Jackie, every step of the way, ensuring her safety and privacy. He even shopped for her to avoid the crowds in Capri and other places. When Jackie was at the White House, she planned extraordinary events to please the presidents' guests. She found a way to raise millions of dollars to restore the White House to its splendor. She brought culture - art and music - to the White House and to the United States. It was clear that President Kennedy was proud of his wife on many occasions, and worked with the Secret Agents to keep his family safe. Clint especially understood that Jackie needed to live her life without too much restraint. He tried to arrange her happiness at all times. Clint was also riding on the back of the car when President Kennedy was mortally wounded in Dallas, Texas. He was at Jackie's side during that time and one year after the horrible events in November, when the Kennedy term suddenly terminated. Jackie remains in Clint's heart. He adored her and respected her wit, her brilliance, her need for privacy, for fun, for exercise, for being a cherished member of the Kennedy family... Thank you, Clint Hill, for giving readers a glimpse of the true glamour of Kennedy's White House years. I do have to question how much money and whose money was spent maintaining such a high life style that Jackie lived. The clothes...the residences...the trips... The Kennedy years seemed to have exceeded all other presidents...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janel

    I devoured this book. I read The Kennedy Detail and was looking forward to Mr. Hill's account of his service during the Kennedy years. Mr. Hill was Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service agent. It was a very straightforward, first hand account. I loved the detail and Mr. Hill's honest account of the depression and guilt he experienced. Mr. Hill is the Secret Service agent seen in the Zapruder film scrambling onto the back of the presidential limo to get to JFK and the first lady. It will be hard no I devoured this book. I read The Kennedy Detail and was looking forward to Mr. Hill's account of his service during the Kennedy years. Mr. Hill was Jacqueline Kennedy's Secret Service agent. It was a very straightforward, first hand account. I loved the detail and Mr. Hill's honest account of the depression and guilt he experienced. Mr. Hill is the Secret Service agent seen in the Zapruder film scrambling onto the back of the presidential limo to get to JFK and the first lady. It will be hard now to see the footage from Dallas and not remember Mr. Hill's description of what he saw and what he was feeling. I always appreciate a first hand account of someone who was actually there and knew the people involved. I'm so glad Mr. Hill decided to write this book after years of saying he would not share his story. I think that the fact that he waited 50 years after the events occurred and didn't fill it with a salacious details that might sell more books, lends credibility to the story he is sharing. So if scandal and gossip is what you are looking for in this account, this isn't the book for you. There are plenty of those books out there and yes, I've probably read many of them. This one is different. The book is very touching yet not overly sentimental. It was an unlikely close friendship between a no nonsense agent and a willful, free spirited, soft spoken First Lady. Fabulous book by Clint Hill and his co-author Lisa McCubbin. I definitely recommend this book. Once I downloaded it, I could not put it down.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Much more than a historical account of life in the White House from the view of a Secret Service Agent. The book digs deep into the heart and mind of Jackie Kennedy. Clint Hill, her secret service agent, came to understand her and what made her tick and with respect and deep admiration he beautifully chronicles the days he spent protecting the First Lady. You will laugh & cry and understand why Jackie was so admired.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    An interesting read about a remarkable woman who I have always been a fan of.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was really good. I've read a few books about JFK but this was focused on Jackie's life and Clint's experience as her secret service detail. I shed a few tears.... This was really good. I've read a few books about JFK but this was focused on Jackie's life and Clint's experience as her secret service detail. I shed a few tears....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    What a fascinating read. I've read tomes about the Kennedys and always think I must know all about them now, and then another book is released and (sometimes) I learn I don't at all. This is one of those times. I've waited over a year for this to become more affordable for me so was delighted when the price finally dropped from its £14+ inception cost !! I am a big fan of the Publisher's Font used in this as well. It's a really nice and very readable one. Wish my Kindle had one the same. It's wri What a fascinating read. I've read tomes about the Kennedys and always think I must know all about them now, and then another book is released and (sometimes) I learn I don't at all. This is one of those times. I've waited over a year for this to become more affordable for me so was delighted when the price finally dropped from its £14+ inception cost !! I am a big fan of the Publisher's Font used in this as well. It's a really nice and very readable one. Wish my Kindle had one the same. It's written so well and he brings Jackie to true life better than any other writer has.....it was nice to hear of her lighting up a fag in the backseat of the car with him and other mischief she caused.....he had his work cut out for those years but I would hazard a guess those were his favourite years of his illustrious career at the White House. It was nice to see some photos I hadn't seen before as well. The Secret Service certainly scrimp on their operatives....for all his time with her he only ever had one fulltime person with him and at times did the job on his tod which I found pretty staggering !! I was also shocked to read that Texas in November 1963 was the first and only time Jackie ever accompanied JFK on a domestic political trip !! This I found a poignant passage and I shed a few tears: "Three shots had been fired in Dealey Plaza. And the world stopped for four days." I was drawing some parallels with Princess Diana reading this.....compare the difference of JFK joking about accompanying Jackie Kennedy to Paris to Prince Charles' po-faced chops when crowds went wild over his lovely wife.....and there was the Al Fayed spectre in her life whereas Jackie had Onassis wanting to make a name for himself. I'd not realised that Jackie had done the solo Taj Mahal photo first, either, on the same spot, although looking happier. I did have the odd snivel again reading about JFK's last birthday and how Clint referred to it. I spotted the odd apostrophe mistake along with these hyphen mistakes.....comprehen-sion and father-inlaw and Aaron Copeland is spelt like this and Aga Khan not Agha....but that was it, which is pretty good going. I plan to get hold of his other book set in these same times, too. It's also written with Lisa McCubbin so I am sure will be as interesting as this one was.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Jensen

    An intimate portrait of Mrs. Kennedy told through the experiences of the Secret Service Agent who was responsible for her safety while she was in the White House and one year beyond that. The writing is just so-so, but that's not surprising, even with the help of another, Clint Hill is obviously not a writer. He is however, a good agent and did a wonderful job protecting Mrs. Kennedy. His obvious admiration and love for the President and Mrs. Kennedy easily shines through. I know this was meant t An intimate portrait of Mrs. Kennedy told through the experiences of the Secret Service Agent who was responsible for her safety while she was in the White House and one year beyond that. The writing is just so-so, but that's not surprising, even with the help of another, Clint Hill is obviously not a writer. He is however, a good agent and did a wonderful job protecting Mrs. Kennedy. His obvious admiration and love for the President and Mrs. Kennedy easily shines through. I know this was meant to be a tribute to Jackie Kennedy but honestly I am so less than impressed after reading this book. While the first ladies these days are ambitiously involved in their children's lives and their various pet campaigns which do much good in the world, Jackie's life was about fashion, travel, yachts, parties, riding and trips away from her husband. She basically lived somewhere else and saw her husband on weekends. The two children had three secret service agents, nannies and helpers. Agent Hill wasn't trying to make her look bad, he only has respect and yes, even adoration for Jackie, but she seemed to only get excited about redecorating the white house, buying homes and decorating them, building stables for her horses and hobnobbing with the rich and famous. I know people raved about her and loved her, but why? Because she was young and beautiful and dressed nicely? I guess the other President's wives could have the same impressive wardrobe if they spent $45,000 over their husband's yearly salary. It's not bad to have money or to care about looking nice but there is always a line. I just don't think Jackie Kennedy had one. One question that is raised in the book and never answered, is that of Aristotle Onassis. JFK instructs agent Hill not to let Jackie have any contact with Onassis but never tells him why. And it's obvious in his only encounter with Onassis, Hill feels great contempt for the man. After doing some research, it's all very clear. To sum up, very interesting story, only fair writing skills and not a lot of substance to Jackie O.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Elizabeth

    Mrs Kennedy and Me is the tale of Clint Hill, a young secret service agent who was stationed to work with the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy through her years in the White House, and through the assassination of her husband, JFK. This book is a very sanitized, polite version of the inner circle of the Kennedy’s. You can’t help but believe that Mr. Hill is continuing to keep the deepest, darkest secrets of the family under wraps, as he tells his story of the poised, proper Mrs Kennedy. Alas, that does Mrs Kennedy and Me is the tale of Clint Hill, a young secret service agent who was stationed to work with the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy through her years in the White House, and through the assassination of her husband, JFK. This book is a very sanitized, polite version of the inner circle of the Kennedy’s. You can’t help but believe that Mr. Hill is continuing to keep the deepest, darkest secrets of the family under wraps, as he tells his story of the poised, proper Mrs Kennedy. Alas, that does mean that there’s some boring and frequent passages about sports that common people (ahem, that’s you and I) are not familiar with. Those weird hunting groups, jet skiing off multi million dollar yachts with helicopters attached, its all very glamorous to read about. But whilst these accounts of her many trips overseas can become vaguely irritating, Clint Hill tells them with an admiration and fondness for the family that can only be called lifelong devotion to upholding the memory of the First Lady. There is a strong element of compassion and fondness for her that permeates throughout the book, as he gushes over the many distressing elements of her life. However don’t get too excited, there’s no mention of marital disharmony or any other salacious information that you might have been keen to read about. Clint portrays the saccharine epitome of the 1960’s household with devoted wife and adorable children in his memoir. I can’t say that his hand holding of Mrs Kennedy really made her an endearing person to read about – you could almost say that his depictions of their time together makes her out to be spoilt, insulated and self centered. You will certainly roll your eyes at some of the softly spoken orders she gives to her Secret Service detail. An interesting first person look at an extraordinary moment in time. It is perhaps slightly positively skewed (or maybe a lot so) but at least it’s done with a sincerity that authors removed from the situation would lack.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

    This was an engrossing read told from the point of view of Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, Clint Hill. The majority of the book chronicles the first few years he spent protecting Jackie and the interactions primarily with her, but also with JFK and their family. He describes how he and Mrs. Kennedy developed a close and trusting relationship and you can tell that he truly respected and admired her. The last few chapters describe the assassination of JFK in Dallas and the year after his dea This was an engrossing read told from the point of view of Mrs. Kennedy's secret service agent, Clint Hill. The majority of the book chronicles the first few years he spent protecting Jackie and the interactions primarily with her, but also with JFK and their family. He describes how he and Mrs. Kennedy developed a close and trusting relationship and you can tell that he truly respected and admired her. The last few chapters describe the assassination of JFK in Dallas and the year after his death. They are heartrending chapters in which he shares his guilt, feeling that he should have done more when in reality, he did all he could in a tragic and terrible situation. It was fascinating to peek a little closer into the life of Jackie Kennedy and the book leaves you with the feeling that Mr. Hill knows a lot more than he shared here, secrets that he will never tell. He comes across as Lisa McCubbin describes him in her acknowledgements at the end of the book as "a gentlemen in every sense of the word".

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