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Mrs. Kennedy and me
Hill, Clint
Adult Nonfiction E843.K4 H47 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Hill, with journalist McCubbin, has written a warm, revealing account of his years as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect Jacqueline Kennedy during her time in the White House and after. He relives this period of his long career from first meeting Kennedy on through the tragedy in Dallas and beyond. Kennedy picked Hill to remain in charge of her security after the assassination of her husband. Hill adeptly manages the difficult task of providing the reader intimate glimpses into the Kennedy family's life, as well as Kennedy's glamorous international travels, while evoking a sense of the tremendous personal sacrifices made by Secret Service agents on the job. He recalls the horror at Dealey Plaza in stark, terrifying detail, recounting the frantic seconds that claimed President Kennedy's life and left Hill wracked with pain and guilt that has never fully subsided. Verdict This is a worthy addition to the body of literature on the Kennedy "Camelot" years as well as the assassination. Readers may also wish to seek out Gerald Blaine's (also with McCubbin) The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence. Sincere and honorable, Hill's book is also recommended for memoir enthusiasts generally.-Dennis J. Seese, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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