The Kennedy Detail (Enhanced Edition)
JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
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Enhanced with stunning videos and photographs throughout, illustrating the impact of Kennedy’s presidency and death, the true story of the critical events leading up to and following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in full for the first time by the Secret Service agents who were firsthand witnesses to one of America’s greatest tragedies, and have lived for forty-seven years with unresolved guilt and grief.
Drawing on the memories of his fellow agents, Jerry Blaine captures the energetic, crowd-loving young president, who banned agents from his car and often plunged into raucous crowds with little warning. Here are vivid scenes that could come only from inside the Kennedy detail: JFK’s last words to his tearful son when he left Washington for the last time; how a sudden change of weather led to the choice of the open-air convertible limousine that day; Mrs. Kennedy standing blood-soaked outside a Dallas hospital room; the sudden interruption of six-year-old Caroline’s long-anticipated sleepover with a friend at home; the exhausted team of agents immediately reacting to the president’s death with a shift to LBJ and other key governmental figures; the agents’ dismay at Jackie’s decision to walk openly from the White House to St. Matthew’s Cathedral at the state funeral.
Most of all, this is a look into the lives of men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family: the stress of the secrecy they kept, the emotional bonds that developed, the terrible impact on agents’ psyches and families, and their astonishment at the country’s obsession with far-fetched conspiracy theories and finger-pointing. A book fifty years in coming, The Kennedy Detail is a portrait of incredible camaraderie and incredible heartbreak—a true, must-read story of heroism in its most complex and human form.
So much more than a Kennedy assassination book, this is an extremely well-written account of Kennedy's secret service detail from day 1 of the administration.
It was a page turner I just couldn't put down.
Jerry, you did history right.
While a bit dense, the book is not enlightening but cathartic. The level of detail open a window on a tragedy that should forever silence the fiction of the past. A powerful, unforgettable read.
This book makes you really understand the extreme hardship that these agents experienced following the death of President Kennedy. The transition from Eisenhower to Kennedy would be difficult and the author details the difficulty they all had to overcome. It makes you admire the dedication and the loyalty these men had for their country. Definitely worth the read.