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"A riveting, stunning narrative...among hundreds of books about the assassination, this is the most compelling because Hill lived it." (Herald-Review)

“Chronology, photographs and personal knowledge combine to make a memorable commemorative presentation.” (Kirkus)

"With clear and honest prose free of salaciousness and gossip, Hill (ably assisted by McCubbin) evokes not only a personality both beautiful and brilliant, but also a time when the White House was filled with youth and promise. Of the many words written about Jacqueline Kennedy, these are among the best."  (Kirkus starred review of Mrs Kennedy and Me)

"[Mrs. Kennedy and Me] conveys a sense of honesty and proves to be an insightful and lovingly penetrating portrait of the Jacqueline Kennedy that Hill came to know.” (USA Today (3 1/2 stars))

"Talk about being unable to put a book down; I was enthralled with this memoir from start to finish." (Liz Smith on Mrs. Kennedy and Me)

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On November 22 , 1963, three shots were fired in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the world stopped for four days. For an entire generation, it was the end of an age of innocence.

That evening, a photo ran on the front pages of newspapers across the world, showing a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to protect the President and Mrs. Kennedy. That agent was Clint Hill.

Now Secret Service Agent Clint Hill commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy with this stunning book containing more than 150 photos, each accompanied by Hill’s incomparable insider account of those terrible days. With poignant narration accompanying rarely seen images, we witness three-year-old John Kennedy Jr.’s pleas to come to Texas with his parents and the rapturous crowds of mixed ages and races that greeted the Kennedys at every stop in Texas. We stand beside a shaken Lyndon Johnson as he is hurriedly sworn in as the new president. We experience the first lady’s steely courage when she insists on walking through the streets of Washington, D.C., in her husband’s funeral procession.

A story that has taken Clint Hill fifty years to tell, this is a work of personal and historical scope. Besides the unbearable grief of a nation and the monumental consequences of the event, the death of JFK was a personal blow to a man sworn to protect the first family, and who knew, from the moment the shots rang out in Dallas, that nothing would ever be the same.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 89823 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 19 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSBVDH4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I used to have a lot of respect for Clint Hill. He was the Secret Service agent who jumped on the back of the limo during the shooting. His "60 Minutes" interview with Mike Wallace in the early 1970's is emotional and heartbreaking as he cries his way through the interview, still willing to give his life for the President's. This new book is his narrative of JFK's fatal trip to Texas. But he omits entirely the episode of the Secret Service agents who went out drinking the night before Dallas. Clint himself admitted in a report he had a scotch and water. Agents were then (and now) prohibited from drinking while on travel status, as they obviously were. Hill describes, again, JFK's head wound, the wound he saw in the limo and the missing part of the head (skull and brain). It's at the back of the head, completely at odds with the official version and indicative (but not proof) of an exit wound. Hill can't seem to reconcile this fact. He still blames "one shooter." Clint is at his worst in the epilogue. His version is three shots: one through JFK's neck, the second through Connally, the third hitting JFK in the head. Again, he says three shots, "one shooter." But you can't have separate shots to JFK and Connally without a separate shooter. And, under his version, a bullet would have to completely disappear (the one through JFK's neck), and there is no missed bullet to hit or ricochet or fragment to hit James Tague in the cheek as he stood at the underpass. Clint also publishes the James Altgens photo, cropped, and writes, "Look at the motorcycle officer positioned immediately to the right of the presidential limousine, on the left-hand side of the photo. He is looking back to the origination of that first shot." No, he's not.Read more ›
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By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2013
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I had bought a few books to read this anniversary week and weekend about John Kennedy and the assassination. I read a few but realised just why I saved "Five Days in November", by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, to read tonight. It is a stunningly beautifully produced book - full of pictures - with just the right amount of text to bring the memories of that horrible weekend to life.

Clint Hill was 31 years old in 1963 and had been one the Secret Service agents assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy since the inauguration nearly three years before. She called him "Mr Hill" and he called her "Mrs Kennedy"; the respect they held for each other was real. He was the agent who had leaped onto the back of the car, pushing Jacqueline back into the car as she was reaching for a piece of the president's skull. He has lived the last 50 years wondering why he wasn't fast enough to save the president.

The text of the book looks at the four days - from leaving the White House on Nov 21st, a happy President and First Lady - to returning the following night with the presidential casket through the weekend and then the President's funeral and procession. The pictures are not captioned but the text accompanying them are all the explanation needed.

I usually write much longer and detailed reviews. I can't do that with this book tonight. Just please take my word that this is a book worth reading and keeping.
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anything that clint hill writes about has me captivated. i am still readin it too.
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Brought back lots of memories of another time.
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Amazing insight, most well written
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