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Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Clint Hill , Lisa McCubbin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"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

"[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

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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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant read April 25 2012
Format:Hardcover
As a child of the 60's I have a few memories of the assassination of President Kennedy. I have read a few biographies of President and Mrs Kennedy as a way to see where my memories fit into the facts of those times. This is the first book that I came away with a much better glimpse of Mrs Kennedy's personality - she seems very real and at times I could almost hear her voice. I was struck anew by how young she was during this timeframe.
The respect, warmth, admiration and loyalty that Mr Hill still has for Mrs Kennedy comes across loud and clear. There are a lot of rich and/or famous people that probably wouldn't fair as well with their employees. This book is also a very good window into what life in the early 60's was like. I would have liked to have heard a little more about Mr Hill's personal life both during this time and later but the book is named Mrs Kennedy and Me and that is what is covered in it. It is very tastefully and respectfully written - no gossip or conjecture in it. Mr Hill's professionalism shines through. I'm sure there is more he could have included but respect him for not doing so.
I came away with a greater respect and appreciation for the Secret Service Agents (as well as for anyone doing similar jobs)and the demands placed on them and their families. They were definately worthy of trust and confidence and continue to be so. They did an admirable job despite long hours, staffing issues and lack of today's technological advances. Unfortunately the odds weren't in their favor that day in Nov. leaving Mr Hill and some of the others with an unjustified feeling of failure of duty.
I definately felt like I was transported back to the 60's and wish I could have lingered there a while longer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Hill Loved Mrs. Kennedy and So Did I May 16 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is like a Greek tragedy where the man is married but secretly in love with another woman who he knows he cannot have but stays close and devotes his life to her in everyway possible while still remaining respectful and distanced. Mr. Hill loved Mrs. Kennedy and after reading this book I loved her too. I have been reading books on the Kennedy's and the assassination since 1963 and never have I had the feeling that I was actually reading about a real person until this one. Jacqueline Kennedy was a woman of privilege as we all knew but Mr. Hill tells us things we didn't even know before. (eg. She hated being at the White House even though she did so much to restore it.) We found out from Mr. Hill that she was a wonderful mother, a woman with humour, a woman with feelings and she stood by her husband. Never once did Mr. Hill give any indication that there was infidelity in the marriage, there was no mention of gossip or slander, and he wrote from the heart with so much respect and love that it was hard to put this book down. As a Canadian, we lived through the terrible day in Dallas and we mourned with the people of the USA. Of all the writers about the Kennedy's I had long wished Agent Hill would write his story and jumped at the chance to read it as soon as I found out it was published. This book surpasses all other Kennedy books in that it doesn't negate anyone in the family. It is respectful, honest and emotional. The one who really deserves the medal in this story is not only Mr. Hill but his wife. She endured long hours, long weeks, long months while her husband was out with the "other" woman. Mr. Hill doesn't mention whether his marriage survived all that but then, the book is Mrs. Kennedy and Me, isn't it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO AMERICAN ICONS. BEST BOOK EVER April 3 2013
By RJ Parker - True Crime Author TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
MRS. KENNEDY AND ME by Mr. Hill and Ms. McCubbin is a must read. Words cannot do justice for the masterpiece these two authors created. There are so many books written about President and Mrs. Kennedy but none will come close to this glowing, factual book.

Clint Hill, retired Secret Service, American hero, patriot, honorable, trustworthy, are just a few words that have been used to describe this man. He served his country well. He was highly regarded by the former first lady and he thought a lot about her too, as depicted in this book.

After 50 years, one would think that everything has been written about the Kennedy's as there are hundreds of books. Not so.

This is a well written book by the man himself, first-hand, on the events of that dreadful day on November 22, 1963. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read July 30 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent read - a very personal account of a relationship between Mrs Kennedy and her bodyguard. Does not dwell on unnecessary information but presents a revealing account of Mrs Kennedy's time in the White House. Well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story ... but disturbing Jan. 16 2015
By L.F.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very disturbing book, but not for the reason you think.

It is well written. Mr. Hill is generous in his tone, thoughts, feelings, stories. Being a Secret Service man, he has shared stories that were full of specific details, times, places, etc. This is the story of his life while he 'served' as the protection detail for Jackie Kennedy. This is an interesting read about a short part of his career, back in the late 50s early 60s, that took all his time, 24/7.

What is disturbing is not what was written but what you can infer, read between the lines .... I was just born back then, but is this how working people were treated by the elite? Is this how Secret Service men, who had a very important & dangerous job were treated? As servants to do errands, buy clothes, act as fitness partners, do impromptu 50-mile run on their only day off (at night) because the President made a bet with his croonies & that was the time they (President & croonies) chose to run. My heart went out to Mr. Hill on that specific anecdote - running in dress shoes for 50 miles - I dare anyone to do this and write about it as graciously as Mr. Hill (& partner) did. This man & his co-workers were treated like ... words fail me.

What I find enlightening ... Without realizing it, Mr. Hill gave us a portrayal of Jackie Kennedy that is not flattering: a first lady that didn't want to live in the White House - would live anywhere but there, thus forcing her protection service to live away from their families, on a daily basis; didn't want to do boring official duties (read tedious one, with regular people) only the fun, important ones with important people - that is when she would go all out & make a splash.
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