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Five Days in November [Kindle Edition]

Clint Hill , Lisa McCubbin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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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: 90811 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 19 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book to read tonight... Nov. 22 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Phil
While Clint Hill has gone on record many times stating that he is of the view that Lee Harvey Oswald,alone, shooting from behind,assassinated the President, his own words from this book apparently state otherwise.
Mr. Hill was probably the first person to see JFK's head wounds in an objective,impartial manner. (Jackie,most likely,was in a state of shock,she doesn't even recall climbing onto the trunk of the limousine.)
In Mr. Hill's own words, he states that what he sees is part of JFK's brains being "scooped OUT"..and not "scooped IN". He has just epitomized the description of an exit wound,not a wound of entrance..i.e. a conspiracy to assassinate the President.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book Nov. 8 2014
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very good book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars Aug. 25 2014
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It was OK
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book to read Nov. 19 2013
By Wyman C. Harris - Published on
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Of all of the many books about President Kennedy’s assassination this is the one to read. It is the only one written from cover to cover by an eyewitness, up close (really close) and personal. It is well written in first person present tense. Only Clint Hill could do that.
All of the other books about the assassination must use secondary sources or rumors. That is not the case in “Five Days in November” because Clint Hill was there as shown in many of the photos. He succinctly describes exactly what he saw and the narrative tracks the many photos so closely that there is no need for captions. His narration gives meaning to iconic photos as well as images never seen before.
It is rare indeed for such a dramatic and important historical event to be described fifty years later in such exquisite detail by a witness to the event. The writing is tight, crisp, straightforward and unflinching without an agenda. So many minute details are revealed for the first time such that the reader seems to be carried along on the fateful trip. The emotions that we felt then seem to come back in full force. The story is highly readable even though we know the ending and wish it could be different.
Thank you Mr. Hill for sharing with us what you saw. Even though it must have been difficult for you to relive those five days, this book is an important contribution to the historical record. Everyone should read this book whether you are old enough to have experienced the horror and grief or young enough to only know about it second hand.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Hil ~ Five Days in November Nov. 21 2013
By Charlotte - Published on
Yesterday I purchased Mr. Hill’s book, “Five Days in November.” I brought it home and could not put it down. I take issue with the Publisher’s Weekly comment about “Five Days in November;” “Sometimes those details are unnecessary and his precise recollection of them seems difficult to believe.” You’ve got to be kidding me, really? NO detail is unnecessary if it shines a light on one of America’s darkest days; the day the President of the United States died.

Mr. Hill is first, last, and always a Secret Service agent trained to look and remember details; and his recollection’s, I am sure, are right on target. Most of us, and I am including the person who represent’s Publisher’s Weekly, might forget where we left our keys, etc., but this is a trained agent who eyes record all that he sees and in such a horrific situation I am sure those memories never dim as evident by his book.

The detail is extraordinary; leaving the White House, flying to Texas, the motorcade, Dallas, Parkland Hospital, Love Field, the flight back to Washington, Bethesda, and then the funeral. One part in particular stands out as it did that day I watched the ceremonies at Arlington. I remember that beautiful plane, Air Force One, make a long and low swept over the grave as the mourners stood watching and then, in a instance, tipping its wing. I remember that part so vividly for I started crying and Mr. Hill recaps that in his book with the same feelings I was experiencing.

As for, “. . . the lack of captions represents a lost opportunity,” I find that interesting; the pictures come right before and after the subject matter discussed. All-in-all this is an exceptional book by a man whose memories are as vivid as if it had happened yesterday. Mr. Hill takes the reader with him into a world not seen by those who watched it unfold on television. He was Mrs. Kennedy’s Secret Service agent, assigned to protect, with his life if necessary, and on that faithful day he tried to protect her husband, the President.

Not only do I recommend this book but also Mr. Hill’s other book, “Mrs. Kennedy and Me.” So much innocence was lost that day along with the dreams. I hope that somewhere in the years ahead Mr. Hill will know that as a nation and as one of its citizen we are eternally grateful for his service and the protection of one of our national treasures, Mrs. Kennedy. Thank you Mr. Hill!
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brave Man's Story of a Sad Time Nov. 19 2013
By BookVodney - Published on
It was midday November 22nd 1963 a day that would change the course of history and bewilder generations to come. In a short few seconds, the 35th President of the United States and leader of the free world was silenced forever some 50 years ago. This book will give you a moment by moment account of this terrible time from the arrival of JFK in Air Force One to Texas to the shooting on Elm Street in Dallas, and finally the funeral. Clint Hill - the brave secret service agent who we all seen jump on the Limo of the fallen President just seconds after the fatal shooting to protect the 1st Lady and shield the passengers from further danger - has broken his silence with this tell all book.

You will read about his struggle to jump on the accelerating vehicle, the frantic drive to Parkland Hospital, the comments made by Jackie Kennedy, his phone conversion with the President's brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy , and all the behind the scene details of this historic and troubling time.

Clint Hill aided the 1st Lady throughout the entire ordeal and funeral. He is one of very few who bore witness of the assassination, and will give a unique perspective of the events of this tragedy unlike many of the books written to date. He offers his opinion on who the shooter was. The book is very readable and paces along making it difficult to put down. I read a few books about this faithful day, and I believe this one will be my last. I think Clint Hill has told the final story of this sad day, and I'm satisfied to put closure to this event in history. Mr. Hill has finalized it for me. A great book written by an honorable man, and I pray he will find closure and peace as well.

I'm glad I read this short book. The photos don't have captions because they are cleverly placed with the story. The book is good but not a 5 star. I believe Mr. Hill's life is interesting enough to tell more of his story with regard to the secret service and lessons learned from that sad day.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember Nov. 20 2013
By Mimi Rigg - Published on
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A very revealing and intimate details about the end of American innocence and Camelot. I have always wondered how the men on the presidential detail on November 22, 1963 dealt with the tragedy. Knowing that they reacted as Mr. Hill did, with stoic public emotions, and heartbreaking private emotions. The second half of the book, dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy, especially regarding the kids, had me reaching for the tissues. Thank you, Mr. Hill, I know how hard the details were for you to remember but know your book will help others reach some closure regarding that terrible time.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wretchingly accurate .. Nov. 20 2013
By Debbie Reding - Published on
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To this day I remember where I was and how I felt when word came down that our beloved president had been assassinated. This book brought back all of the sadness and bewilderment I experienced as a 12-year-old child. To see the young and beautiful Jackie Kennedy's undeniable heartache and yet be able to function as she did amazes me. You, Mr. Hill, are a remarkable man to be able to recall and relive what I'm sure was the worst time in your life. You have left an historically accurate account of one of the darkest times in America.
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