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Mrs. Kennedy and Me
by Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

Published: 2012-04-03
Hardcover : 352 pages
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HE CALLED HER MRS. KENNEDY. SHE CALLED HIM MR. HILL.

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline ...

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Introduction

HE CALLED HER MRS. KENNEDY. SHE CALLED HIM MR. HILL.

For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November 1960 until after the election of Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and intensely private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and, in many ways, her closest friend.

Now, looking back fifty years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender, enthralling, and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

When he was initially assigned to the new First Lady, Agent Hill envisioned tea parties and gray-haired matrons. But as soon as he met her, he was swept up in the whirlwind of her beauty, her grace, her intelligence, her coy humor, her magnificent composure, and her extraordinary spirit.

From the start, the job was like no other, and Clint was by her side through the early days of JFK's presidency; the birth of sons John and Patrick and Patrick's sudden death; Kennedy-family holidays in Hyannis Port and Palm Beach; Jackie's trips to Europe, Asia, and South America; Jackie's intriguing meetings with men like Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli, and André Malraux; the dark days of the year that followed the assassination to the farewell party she threw for Clint when he left her protective detail after four years. All she wanted was the one thing he could not give her: a private life for her and her children.

Filled with unforgettable details, startling revelations, and sparkling, intimate moments, this is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a man doing the most exciting job in the world, with a woman all the world loved, and the tragedy that ended it all too soon? a tragedy that haunted him for fifty years.

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What are your memories of the Kennedy presidency and Jacqueline Kennedy specifically?
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  "Mrs Kennedy and Me"by Carolynr (see profile) 06/03/16

3.5 stars
secret service agent Clint Hill was assigned to guard First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He envisioned read parties, etc. But as soon as he met her , he was swept up in her spirit,
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  "Interesting Account "by Kerrinhp (see profile) 11/21/14

The writing is not very good, but the story is interesting.

 
  "Mrs. Kennedy and me"by brenstuhr (see profile) 11/12/14

I really enjoyed the book. I was grateful for the lack of "tabloid information" in it. Very informative.

 
  "Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir"by hzchase (see profile) 06/15/13

 
  "Mrs. Kennedy and Me"by sandy.mahalek (see profile) 05/11/13

 
  "For PC Jackie fans only"by HarrietD1 (see profile) 02/26/13

The best part of the book was the last 1/4 revolving around JFK's death. Otherwise, enough with the "Oh Mr. Hill's." This seems to have been written purely for all the people who can't get enough details... (read more)

 
  "Mrs. Kennedy and Me"by picovitt (see profile) 09/01/12

Interesting for Kennedy era generation.

 
  "Interesting Perspective"by Tbaker123 (see profile) 05/23/12

Good story. Written well. Clean and without nastiness or prejudice. Recommend.

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