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Mrs. Kennedy and Me

An Intimate Memoir

Clint Hill

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Description

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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 27, 2012 – In November 1960, Hill, who had been on President Eisenhower’s Secret Service detail, wasn’t looking forward to his new assignment—which he viewed as a demotion—of protecting Jacqueline Kennedy. But a disappointed Hill soon realized he was actually serving the president “by protecting the things that were most important to him, personally—his wife and his children.” Hill was completely won over by the first lady’s spontaneity, curiosity, sincerity, and joie de vivre. He accompanied her to Greece twice; on the first trip, in 1961, he was under strict if baffling instructions from JFK to keep his wife away from Aristotle Onassis. Hill was with Mrs. Kennedy on a Virginia hunt where she flew headfirst over her horse and a rail fence, through the death of infant Patrick and in Dallas when the president was assassinated. Hill is close-mouthed about JFK’s infidelities. His book is most valuable for his perceptive recall of the daily routine and problems faced by the Secret Ser-vice detail. This is a worshipful, competent insider’s glimpse of a matchless first lady whose diplomatic skills and glamour enabled her to do the unthinkable: briefly wrest the Mona Lisa from France. Photos.

Customer Reviews

Respectful and valuable

This book was a pleasure to read because Mr. Hill takes you within the circle of an extraordinary couple. I do not like salacious memoirs and I was pleased that this book was personal and respectful. I've read many books about the Kennedy's but I feel Mr. Hill provides many details that allowed me to understand Mrs Kennedy and her love for art, culture, horsemanship, history, pageantry and adventure. I knew Mrs Kennedy restored the White House and fought to preserve the character of the buildings around the National Mall. What a gift she was to generations of Americans. Thanks to this lovely memoir I understand this enigmatic woman and her values better.

Riveting

This book is an incredible look into the very private life of Jackie Kennedy. I never really knew much about her life, and this book sheds some light on what it was like for her during her husbands presidency and after. Clint Hill did an incredible job of telling his story and I thank him for sharing it with the rest of us.

An amazing story--well worth waiting for

Every single book written about Jacqueline Kennedy pales in comparison to this one. an outstanding companion to the audio tapes of Mrs Kennedy's conversations with Schelsinger in 1964. This book is heartfelt, in every sense of the word. A truly intimate portrait of a great lady.. By a true gentleman.

Mrs. Kennedy and Me
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 03, 2012
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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